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Thread How far do you take Magneto before it’s “too far”
Magneto works better thematically as a hero or at least someone fighting against legitimate oppressive forces, but I think his power set is just too tempting for writers to want to use for a villain. That and American audiences aren't really ready to have the conversation about when oppressed groups are actually allowed to do anything to fight against their own oppression that upsets the status quo.
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Thread Thoughts on shorts?
Appreciate that the thread assumes the reader is a man. I refuse to wear pants when it's hot outside. Feels so gross. Then again, most of my pants are pretty tight/stretchy material. But also, men can look super hot in shorts. Men have nice legs too; let them show 'em off if they want! I wish I could convince my partner to wear shorts. ;-;
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Thread How many members of the Bat Family would it take to subdue a Spiderman?
I think Peter and Dick would really get along. Dick would be jealous that Peter got to do the teenage superhero thing without a strict and demanding parent. "So you would just go fight crime whenever you wanted? With no debriefs about everything you did wrong?"
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Thread After going back in for the first time in a year, I’ve determined that people who would prefer to work at the office are crazy
I like the hybrid approach because of changing my environment and actually leaving my apartment during the week.
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Thread BBC to quit pro-LGBTQ scheme, plans to be ‘impartial on LGBTQ lives’ and to "debate" "questions" of gender and sexuality
Utterly gross. Anything those of us outside of the UK can do to help outside of donating to charities like Stonewall?
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Thread Why the term ‘JEDI’ Is problematic for describing programs that promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion
I've done a bit of DEI work for industry and academic STEM fields in the northeast US and haven't heard the acronym either.
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Thread DC has annouced its first Webtoon, titled Batman: Wayne Family Adventures.
I randomly watched the studio's Nightwing fan video years ago after someone at worked said it was great. (It wasn't.) The studio focuses on fight scenes which makes them a bit of a weird choice for this. I wonder if they will be adapting the comic strips or write their own material.I think it's the same studio, so I wouldn't be surprised.
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Thread Needing controlled substances for the rest of your life; is this really it?
Despite not having a thyroid anymore, I actually never thought about it this way until recently. I read a post-apocalyptic novel a few weeks ago and realized I would be completely fucked. Still, is probably less likely that I'll lose access than it would have been for the cancer to spread.Yup.
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Thread I'd like to vent about a missed promotion.
The data manager at my previous job left, and I ended up inheriting the responsibilities plus my my original ones as a data analyst. My boss refused to give me the new title and raise. When I interviewed a white male candidate for a data analyst position with no data management experience, my boss asked if he would be a good fit for the data manager role. My coworkers and I threatened to go to the equal opportunity office, and I got the title. But no raise. And still my boss wondered why I didn't want to stay.
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Thread How an unusual phobia prevents me from playing certain games
I get very queasy around blood and realistic depictions of blood, particularly in a medical context. I do a pretty good job of staying away from games and movies that will trigger it. Can't remember specific games, but the worst movie for it was Gattaca. I think I closed my eyes for a fifth of that one.
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Thread Fast Fashion Is Hot Garbage | Climate Town
I buy my clothes from fast fashion stores like Uniqlo and H&M but that stuff lasts me like a decade...I have such a hard time understanding this. But then again I only just replaced my pair of jeans after five years, and only because it stretched and got too big for me.
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Thread What can you do when a coworker links to racist and transphobic tweets on Slack?
In one of my company's Slack channels, a coworker posted a link to a "good thread" that included complaints about trans-inclusive language, the BLM slogan, the 'new" definitions of racism and white supremacy, and the concept of toxic masculinity. I don't want to post the actual link in the unlikely case that the coworker finds this thread. But no other commentary, just that it was a good thread. I replied about how the thread was mostly complaining about these concepts and movements, and that they should reconsider leaving the link up considering that this is a company that aims to be inclusive. I'm gonna also send it to HR, although who knows what that will do. This is a very large company so I don't work directly with this coworker, but we are in a social club together. I'm just kind of upset because now I don't feel at all comfortable in this group. And because I know this person is just gonna be like: "See, the progressives are just trying to shut down discussion!" This wasn't even an ongoing discussion, just a link related to a book brought up as a potential read like a month ago... (Guess the book.) I feel for the folks that do have to work with them directly. I don't know if this coworker has done similar things before, or if they thought this was an appropriate space to do this because it's a more social thing. Besides my reply and talking to HR, not sure what else I can do.
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Thread What can you do when a coworker links to racist and transphobic tweets on Slack?
Got my screenshots ready, and reported to HR. Thanks everyone. I shouldn't have responded, although I tried to do it as professionally as possible. I just wanted to signal to other people in the chat who might have been made to feel unwelcome with this that this was not okay, you know? I just don't understand why people want to do something like this completely unprompted.Too late as I mentioned in the OP, but I'll keep it in mind for next time. :(
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Thread What can you do when a coworker links to racist and transphobic tweets on Slack?
Nope, nothing illegal! Since I already responded to the coworker (in a place the whole company can see), they'll probably guess who sent the complaint. But I don't work anywhere near them so I'm not too worried. Probably will just drop out of this club if anything.
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Thread Intermittent fasting makes fruit flies live longer — will it work for people?
This is what keeps me away. I already get migraines about three times a week. I don't want to get more headaches, even if it's short-term. Anyone with migraines have experience with fasting?
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Thread Christian kids, did you ever go to (or perform in) a Judgment House or Hell House?
Damn there really is always a Deacon Bill. I don't think Catholics do this. At least my school didn't. Closest thing was some weird thing at a (school mandatory) retreat where they blind folded you and made you walk a dark hallway whispering weird shit and made you touch Jesus's crown of thorns at the end? I don't remember. Enjoyed the write-up.
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Thread Things you thought were normal growing up but later found out are definitely not normal (and your parents might be crazy)
We put our letters to Santa (originally El Niño Jesús) in a shoe that day, and the next morning would find a lollipop or candy in exchange. I thought it was a Colombian thing.
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Thread Do you do Breakfast for dinner? If so how often?
Arepa con queso for dinner is pretty common. I grew up not thinking of it as a breakfast food. Just had some since no one else wanted to eat dinner. Every once and a while I'll say fuck it and have an Eggo waffle. Or cereal, but my partner tends to do that more often.
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Thread How can the MCU do Jean Grey justice?
I think Jean has the possibility to be one of the coolest characters, but she's held back by so much baggage. Which starts by being the single token female character on the team who is mostly a love interest to one of the men, and continues with the whole "powerful women are crazy" trope that Marvel has a hard time with. I actually really liked the Sophie Turner characterization in the first movie. Jean being an outcast that other mutants are afraid of makes sense to me. But really, just do something with her beyond making her a personality-less Team Mom and/or love interest for the men to fight over.
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Thread Amazon leaks new Kindle Paperwhite 5 models
Oh I didn't realize the micro USB was so universally hated. I just know I've had to replace so many fucking cables. Either way, I'll probably get a Kobo for my next eReader since the libraries here don't always provide eBooks in Kindle format.
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Thread For science people/students… question on writing a research paper
I can see why that's frustrating. I was going to suggest doing what you did, just getting the data for the three cities from the same satellite. I don't know what kind of class this is, but maybe the professors aren't actually all the concerned (or even aware) about the way the weather data is aggregated.Ask to schedule a meeting to show him how to use it.
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Thread Texas is Attempting to Repeal Law Aimed At Protecting Native Children From Being Forcibly Placed With Non-Native Families
It's a preference, not a requirement. But besides that, removing children from Native American families and placing them with non-indigenous families has historically been an intentional form of genocide. These laws might make it harder/take longer to place a kid in a new home, but without them we go back to a tool of genocide. (Although I would argue that the higher rates of putting indigenous kids in the foster system is also such a tool.)
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Thread school, perfectionist mindsets, and the stress and anxiety that comes with it
I've struggled with this all throughout my schooling, so I feel you. My parents considered me a failure who probably could only get into community college despite being salutatorian of a very competitive high school, National Merit Scholar, and taking 9 AP classes. It skewed my perspective on what a "good" student was, and resulted in me dropping out of college twice. I'm glad you've already take the step to schedule an appointment. Depending on what your counselor says, I would also try talking to your professors about the situation. Even the "mean" professors can turn out to be much more supportive than you expect. I get what you say about playing video games, and honestly there will be times when your course load is just too heavy to allow for playing long stretches of time. There were times when I maybe got an hour in a week. Here are some strategies that worked for me, but above all remember that your worth as a person is not tied to your educational performance! Even your actual learning isn't tied to your performance. Try to study a little bit each day, instead of cramming right before an exam. Do one or two assigned problems for each course. Really try to analyze how the professor chooses the questions for the exams. Are they from homework assignments? Lecture notes? The textbook that you don't actually tend to use? Being able to pinpoint where the questions were coming from (even if it's not the same exact question but the format and general concept) can really help you feel more prepared going into an exam. Set aside 15 minutes before you start your study time to do something fun like play a video game, read, or watch something. Go to office hours, every time they are offered if necessary! When you get back an exam, instead of focusing on the grade and points subtracted, try to figure out why you got it wrong. Was it that you misunderstood the question? Applied the wrong concept? Didn't know how to set it up? Silly computation mistake? Try not to put yourself too down for these type of mistakes.
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Thread is arroz con pollo the “chicken tender basket” of Mexican restaurants?
Can we talk about how good Latin white rice is? I don't know how they do it. My parents stopped cooking traditional Colombian food a long time ago, and their rice sucks in comparison. My Cuban-American partner makes some good rice but it's still not the same.
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Thread What is your opinion on demos? It’s been ages since I’ve downloaded one.
I can't think of the last time I've played a demo, if ever. Meanwhile my partner downloads one at least once a week. I don't know why I never got into the habit. I guess I do a decent job of picking games I enjoy so I don't see the need.
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Thread [Tales of Arise Spoilers] It's 2021 and we're still be subjected to terrible hot springs scenes.
Sometimes I wonder if male creators think it's okay because the male characters get 'punished' for their actions but: 1. There are no consequences to the slap-stick 'punishment'. At no point do the male characters re-evaluating at they did as wrong and change. At most they are embarrassed because they got caught, not because they think what they are doing is inherently wrong. 2. Last time I checked, us gals can't cast magic spells to stop men from doing this. If we react in some of the more 'realistic' scenes with violence or even verbal defiance, we are far more likely to be met with physical and sexual violence in turn. There is nothing cathartic about it because ultimately we recognize that this is a purely fictional response. Real men don't have to worry about us stopping them.
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Thread Are coding boot camps worth it?
One of my friends did a bootcamp for mobile development. They went from having zero experience in programming to getting a job paying more than $100k USD. Was a year long program, during the pandemic. But they got lucky in that the program didn't require taking on debt... Unfortunately I think that was the last cohort because of the pandemic.
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Thread Fans of Evangelion, what do you make of all the "fan service" found throughout the series and the films?
Watched the original series for the first time as an adult, and the fan service made it pretty much impossible to enjoy. The creative team missed the mark with the female characters. There's some interesting foundations there, but ultimately the team had a hard time seeing women as people beyond just sexual beings. Shame 'cause I do really like the EVA unit designs and appreciate the other themes of the show.
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Thread Apple places female engineering program manager on administrative leave after tweeting about sexism, harassment, and assault in the office.
And people wonder why so many women don't want to be in (or stay in) tech.
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Thread DC has annouced its first Webtoon, titled Batman: Wayne Family Adventures.
I'm not sure if the artist originally did a lot of Batfam fan art, but that community tends to take diversity very seriously and typically gives Damian a darker skin tone. Looks like the folks in charge of this did their research. I hope the mainstream creators catch on.Gotham Knights was almost this during its original run. At least it had more slice-of-life moments than the typical comics.
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Thread DC has annouced its first Webtoon, titled Batman: Wayne Family Adventures.
It's like someone at DC has been reading my posts. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT. YESSomeone on Discord let me know in the morning. I was gonna make the thread but got distracted by work.
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Thread A Famous artist (Actor,Singer, etc.) you admire passes away, do you revisit their work following their death or stay away from it for a while?
I still have a hard time reading new Terry Pratchett books. But that's been since his diagnosis, and it just got worse with his death. Only have about four that I haven't read.
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Thread Is there any 'realistic' sci-fi about exploring space
Yup, if you ever want a very realistic look at Mars colonization, particularly the first phases, o highly recommend The Mars Trilogy. Robinson isn't too bad at the social aspects either. I find that a lot of writers who get the science right don't get the social stuff right, or do annoying shit like forgetting that women exist.
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Thread John Gibson, President of Tripwire Interactive (Killing Floor, Maneater), tweets in support of Texas Abortion Ban
I love (hate) the confusion about strong reactions against supporting the removal of a women's right to bodily autonomy. Why do people care so much? Truly a mystery.
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Thread College graduate starting salaries are at an all-time high—and these 10 majors earn the most
That's visual arts, not liberal arts. But you're right, visual arts is incredibly time consuming. I spent way more time on school work when I was an Illustration major than when I was a Statistics major/CS minor.
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Thread Living in/Moving to a Big City (I.E. NYC)
I grew up in the Miami suburbs and moved to NYC for school. Lived there for eight years and absolutely loved it. The biggest plus was the ease of moving around without a car. I love being able to walk to the grocery. The biggest downside is obviously the price. It's expensive, and you'll almost definitely need a roommate. I'm lucky in that I live with my partner. We were able to live pretty well with a dual income of around 100k. Not in Manhattan, but in Astoria which is a nice neighborhood. The outer boroughs aren't as hectic as Manhattan so if you don't want an overwhelming living experience, I recommend them. Besides the expense, the other thing is the space. You're paying a lot for not that much living space. My partner and I are both introverts who like to stay in most of the time. While we like to go out once every week or every other week, I do wonder if it's makes sense to pay for everything the city has to offer but not really use it. That said, the only reason I don't live in the city anymore is because of work. But I'm an hour away by train and we visit fairly often. And we're in another (but much, much smaller) city where we don't need a car.
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Thread College graduate starting salaries are at an all-time high—and these 10 majors earn the most
American culture around early math education is also terrible. We teach kids that either you're good at it or you'll never learn. (Along with right brain/left brain bullshit.) Kids get stuck at some point and since it all builds on itself, the gaps keep widening. I've tutored so many people who swore they were math illiterate. Turns out they just needed someone to figure out those gaps, help them through them, and above all work on their confidence. I'm not saying everyone needs to learn graduate or upper level graduate math. But for sure more people need to be aware that they are fully capable of doing so.
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Thread Daniella Pineda (Faye In Upcoming Cowboy Bebop Adaptation) Addresses Fan Criticism Of Her Casting And Costume Design
And men wonder why women have body image issues. This actress is fucking gorgeous and still can't catch a break. Love her response.
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Thread Thyroid Cancer sucks (+September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness month)
I got diagnosed with thyroid cancer when I was 20. Removed my whole thyroid and quite a few lymph nodes. Been in remission for nine years now. That first year or two can be really tough. And that's with me getting lucky and my doctors deciding not to do radiation treatment. The constant doctor appointments and tests just really get you down. Hope your wife recovers as well and as quickly as possible! The worst is almost over. In a few years, the most annoying part will just be refilling medication and getting a blood test and ultrasound every so often.
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Thread Titans S3 |OT| Under the Hood
This show has been leading up to the idea that Jason deserved/caused his death, so I wasn't surprised. That's been the running theme after the fact in the comics and other media. It's like people who write him nowadays never read his original appearances as Robin, so everyone thinks he was this super violent, impulsive, dumb kid who shouldn't have been Robin. It takes away so much nuance from his character. Was Jason more violent than Dick as Robin? Eh, a little bit. That violence came from a place of justice, not enjoyment. (The defining moment is Jason killing a rapist who was going to evade jail time because of the system.) But his death actually comes about because he wants to be back with his biological, not any impulsive action. That angle also helps explain why he's so unable to believe that Bruce loves him. If his biological mother betrayed him to the Joker, why should he expect his adoptive dad to love him?
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Thread Titans S3 |OT| Under the Hood
Just watched the first episode. I know I'm being silly because it's a TV show, but I'm so upset. I actually liked Bruce's characterization (compared to other live-action versions) in the second season, but the writing decisions for him and Dick regarding Jason's death are just terrible. And it's not like they didn't have a good template for how to do it. A Lonely Place of Dying is still a good comic. So are some of the older retellings of Jason's death. (I always forget the name of the issue and can never find it, despite its last page of Bruce cradling Jason's dead body deserving iconic status over the typical one from A Death in the Family.) I made a lot of excuses for the show because it was the first time we got to see Bruce be a dad and Dick and Jason be his kids in live-action, but I don't think I can keep watching. Shame because I like most of the cast (particularly Kori), and think the actors could pull of the interpretations I'm interested in. But once again, that's not what DC wants out of these characters, so why just disappoint myself again and again? :(
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Thread Pokémon Unite |OT| Indigo League of Legends
Very confused why I am unable to unlock Alolan Ninetiles today even though I've been playing since yesterday afternoon EST, while my partner was able to unlock them last night. I guess even though I started the same day, I'm technically a day behind? :(
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Thread Pokémon Unite |OT| Indigo League of Legends
Enjoying it so far playing as Snorlax. But it really does seem like all my battles have been decided by the number of players on the teams. :( Anyone looking for a Defender on the team? I don't really know what I'm doing, but I will try to learn!
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Thread Oldboy's Park Chan-wook to Direct TV Adaptation of Pulitzer-winning "The Sympathizer", produced by A24 and starring Robert Downey Jr.
I've read Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection and really enjoyed it. Got to get on The Sympathizer.
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Thread Favourite House in Fire Emblem Three Houses
My heart belongs to Golden Deer, but honestly I will always be impressed by how well balanced the houses are. I can see how any of the houses would be someone's favorite. I still want my "everyone survives" ending. I know that'll never happen. :(
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Thread ‘Financially Hobbled for Life’: The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay Off
It's something I've heard folks talk about a lot, but honestly I don't know anyone who has actually done this. Not even that they've admitted to doing it, but dropped out and said it was for other reasons.
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Thread ‘Financially Hobbled for Life’: The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay Off
For grad school, it's really dependent on the department and school, even within the same university. Where I went for grad school, we were told there was no tuition help for STEM Master's programs because it was assumed you would get a high enough salary to pay it pack quickly. Our program subsidized the social sciences, humanities, and arts programs. Shitty justification but that's the story they stuck to. In this case, I'm not sure what the excuse is for the film program...
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Thread ‘Financially Hobbled for Life’: The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay Off
Really depends on the field. There are some places that won't even consider you for a promotion until you get the Master's. Might as well just go straight from Bachelor's at that point. Others where you need the Master's to even get the job.
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Thread ‘Financially Hobbled for Life’: The Elite Master’s Degrees That Don’t Pay Off
Having gone to a no-name public school for undergrad and a top school for grad in a technical field, I'd say the difference is still night and day. Not just in having access and facetime with different companies, but also what your interview process looks like and salary expectations. I think it's the difference between a few or even half the people in your class being able to land those jobs versus literally everyone in your cohort gets their pick of amazing options. But I agree, that gap is much bigger for other fields.
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Thread Which mainstr young adult fiction (post 2000) have you actually read and did you enjoy them or dislike them? (i.e. Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergence)
It was essentially intended to be YA before the genre existed in the way it does today. But I see what you mean. Unfortunately it's not mainstream like the other stuff in the OP. I wish it was because it's leagues above those books.
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Thread Did your high school have a guidance counselor, if so, were they helpful?
I went to a fancy private school where there wasn't really a guidance counselor. We were matched with a college counselor at the end of Sophomore year. We also had a school therapist who I saw regularly. While she never quite figured out exactly how to help me, she tried her best, was very non judgemental, and provided a safe space for me when my depressive episodes were at their worst.
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Thread Who else was terrified of needles/injections as a kid?
I remember running out of the doctor's office because I was so scared. They started locking the door after that. :( Because of a medical issue in my early twenties I had to get over it. I have my blood drawn at least once a year, usually more. Really hate the feeling. Even thinking about blood makes me feel queasy. But I push through it. Shots aren't that bad though.
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Thread When international travel becomes more available or accessible post-pandemic, where would you possibly visit, or relocate to if you could?
I haven't been back to Colombia in almost a decade, and my partner has never been. But who knows when we could go given the COVID situation...
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Thread Terry Pratchett's The Watch | First Look At BBC America's New Series October 9th 1:15 pm EDT, 10am PDT, 6:15pm BST
That's really fucking disappointing. Discworld deserves a good, faithful adaptation on the screen.I love everything about this post. I feel so seen.
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Thread Terry Pratchett's The Watch | First Look At BBC America's New Series October 9th 1:15 pm EDT, 10am PDT, 6:15pm BST
The Disney version of Mort would probably not have been too faithful, but at least the art would have been nice.
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Thread What’s the most pathetic thing you remember from your high school days?
Me junior and senior year. I would sit in class crying at least once a week. I told my group of friends to leave me alone, and they didn't even bother to ask me what was wrong. I spent two years only speaking to the teachers and two of my remaining friends. Depression sucks.
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Thread 60% of millennials earning over $100,000 say they're living paycheck to paycheck
I think 100k is a lot and I've lived in NYC and Boston. But that's without kids. Now would I be able to buy property in those cities any time soon? No. But I wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.
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Thread Anyone else feel scammed going to college?
That sucks that you feel like you are wasting your time and money. Are you working full time and doing school part time? This might require putting more time than you are willing, but if you've got to do it anyway, my advice is to try to turn every project you can into something you're interested in. No matter how silly or seemingly irrelevant to the subject matter. Or force yourself to use a skill, technology, or method beyond the class. That really helped me get through the classes where I thought I wasn't learning anything.
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Thread Mecha shows you don't like and/or meh about but have great Mecha designs
I love the idea of Mecha, but so much of the genre portrays female characters so poorly, if they are even there, that I have a hard time finding shows I enjoy. Escaflowne is an exception. <3 I actually really like the Eva units, but couldn't really enjoy the show because of the above.
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Thread Did you do an internship while in college? Was it paid/unpaid? Did it help your career trajectory?
No, I did two paid summer research experiences instead. Thought I wanted to get a PhD. Still helped me land my first career job out of undergrad, and to get into a good Master's program.
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Thread WandaVision | Paul Bettany is in this | Fridays on Disney+
And I'm really excited for those, particularly the latter two, and glad that they seem so close. But for years now, whenever I've brought up this stuff, it's been: just wait a bit more! I hoped WandaVision would be one of those things where I wouldn't have to keep waiting, but actually got what I wanted. And while I don't think they are necessarily setting her up to be more of a vilain or antagonistic, I'm biased because I really don't want it to happen.For me, I'd say that it's more that we've been conditioned to see women with power as ultimately unstable, harmful, bad, and antagonistic. Sure, that might be more interesting to some, but in a fictional world where the superpowered men get to be powerful have fun and interesting stories but still be heroes, I'm just tired of it. (The tiredness also comes from reading the comics.) I think there are ways to write Wanda as complex without treating her so differently from male heroes who also do harm and depriving us of one of the few female-lead heroes in the MCU. Agreed there could have been more. I think she should have had more of a focus in the show after getting her powers. I really want Monica to have her own thing so that stuff like this isn't covered because it's not the priority, as far as screen time goes.
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Thread WandaVision | Paul Bettany is in this | Fridays on Disney+
Maybe I'm misunderstanding your point because I agree that most people seemed pretty okay with all those characters moving forward as primarily heroes in their stories. And yes, there should be room for that, but right now, I don't think there's enough room. I think it would hit differently if we already had more than one female-lead. But we don't, so it sucks that literally the second female-centric story might be the setup for that female lead becoming a villain. Especially when there has literally been none of that for any of the male-centric stories.
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Thread WandaVision | Paul Bettany is in this | Fridays on Disney+
At the end of the day, I just want to have more than one fucking story in the MCU centered around a woman with superpowers who is a hero. I'd be more okay with Wanda being played more as a villain or terrible person if there were actually more female leads. (Although I guess if I count WandaVision as being female-led, maybe Antman and the Wasp counts too?) I hope Monica gets to start in her own show or movie and isn't regulated to supporting cast forever.
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Thread Remember when DC Comics for some weird reason awfully treated Stephanie Brown
Remember when the Robin writer at the time (Bill Willingham) said he wanted to gun down girls who kept bringing up Steph's lack of memorial case? Why I will never pick up Fables. Honestly I just think DC (and Dan Didio in particular) hated anything that gave the Batman comics more female fans.
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Thread Remember when DC Comics for some weird reason awfully treated Stephanie Brown
A shame this was before streamed panels and Twitter. I think it was only really talked about in the Steph fandom. (Well, more of a shame that he said it, but you know what I mean.) And people wonder why female fans felt unwelcome in superhero comics. It's a mystery. At least his comment wouldn't fly today.
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Thread What's in your graveyard of hobbies on which you've spent money?
A sewing machine and some material. I promised to make some dice themed pillows for my partner, but never really did it. And now I think we want something a little fancier for the living room. Maybe one day I'll pick it up again for cosplay.
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Thread Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp announced for Nintendo Switch, developed by WayForward, coming December 3rd (UPDATE: gameplay demo, see threadmarks)
Agreed. I used to go to the store for launches, but never for the directs. Love seeing the reactions, but I might be too old to join nowadays.
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Thread does internet discourse have a bias towards disagreement and confrontation/contrarianism? what can be done about it
A few years back I tried using sentiment analysis to see if this was true on GAF. Inconclusive results. But it was more of a proof of concept than anything else. I'd love to try something like this again for ResetEra.
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Thread Chris McKay Shares Details on Scrapped "LEGO Batman Movie 2" (Dan Harmon Writing, Justice League, OMAC and Lex Luthor!!)
That's a real shame. I had fun with the movie. Hopefully we can get BatDad in the live action ones at some point.
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Thread Any women in here do Gymnastics? Body image pressure? How about Dance?
I did gymnastics and dance up until the end of elementary. I don't remember any body image pressure, but I was a skinny kid and this was before the onslaught of body image issues that is puberty. My sister, who was heavier at that age, did it too, sticking with dance up until she started high school. I'll ask her if she felt any body image pressures from gymanstics or dance specifically. But overall I know she really enjoyed dance. If she ends up wanting to do dance professionally, there will more likely be body image pressures and limitations, especially depending on the type of dance.
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Thread Hades |OT| Ah Hell, here we go again (Out of Early Access and on Switch!)
Finally got my first clear at run 26 with the fists and a nice dodge bonus from the Lambent Plume. Got a second clear with the Spear. Almost got my third with my Sword but died when Hades had about 20% HP left in his second phase. Cannot stop playing. Trying hard not to ignore my partner and school/work responsibilities.
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Thread Wkd Box Office • 06/11-13/21 • Big Tuna retakes #1 spot; New York beats London, but the Heights aren't all that high
I don't get it either. I personally don't know how anyone can get Breathe or Paciencia y Fe out of their heads.
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Thread Do you ever wish you had an opposite sex sibling?
God no. My family tries, but it's still pretty sexist when it comes to how it treats the boys compared to the girls. I wouldn't have been able to deal with a brother getting more praise, respect, etc. for being able to wipe his butt than what I get for winning a prestigious scholarship. Or worse, the utter lack of criticism any boys in the family get while us girls can never do anything right. Maybe it would have been easier to get "boy" toys as my mom hated anything I did that stepped out of gender lines, but I think having a boy my age around would have also resulted in my mom being more angry about my gender expression. Especially if I had a brother instead of my sister who does her gender "right" (According to my mom of course.)
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Thread This American Girl Xbox Set is just about the cutest thing I’ve seen
The only American Girl "presents" I would ever get were the catalogues. Those were great. Otherwise, too expensive. But I would have loved this. Well, I would have probably wanted it to be Nintendo since I was only allowed one console. :P
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Thread For those who have had a pet pass away, how long did you grieve for?
Lovely was very well named. When the dog I grew up with passed away, I dreamt about him every night for about a year. I'm usually pretty good about realizing when I'm dreaming, but those were tough nights where I would think I was wrong that he passed away and then wake up. I still dream about him regularly, but even in the dreams I "know" he's not with us anymore but try to enjoy the dream for what it is anyways. I knew the "hard" part of the grieving was over when I didn't have to focus on his death and the pain, but could focus on the positive memories.
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Thread Do any of you use Calculus in your day to day job?
I'm a machine learning engineer. Machine learning methods use calculus (usually) already written in the code. But if you want to understand at all what's happening in stuff like neural networks, you need to understand calculus. If I want to fiddle with or go beyond standard code packages, there are things that require doing things like figuring out derivatives of not so great functions. If you want to read papers on new techniques, you need to understand calculus. But I'd say I use linear algebra more often as far as making quick hand calculations.
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Thread PSA for anyone who wants an old but solid JRPG to play - "Dark Cloud" is on sale for $5 on the PSN store for a couple more days.
Didn't realize this was available on PSN. Always been interested in playing. Thanks for the heads up!
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Thread Retirement-Era |OT| How to Invest For Retirement
Thank you everyone for the responses. I'm glad that I'm not just making a big deal out of nothing. Or rather, I wish I was, but at least now I can move forward. I'm sorry it took me so long to actually want to do something about it. The advisor is a misogynist who has been making sexual advances at me since I was a teenager, so I've always tried to interact with him as little as possible. If my parents' retirement is on the line, that's not really an excuse anymore... My mom can't do anything because none of the money is under her name, and my dad doesn't want to "rock the boat". Fun times ahead.Thank you, this is great. I didn't even know something like this existed. I imagine it's primarily for the US? The advisor is based in Colombia, but I think the money is held in the US... more things I really need to figure out.Does that information have a particular form or name? Or should I just list the information I want? And thank you for the tip about full transaction history. My parents have a tax preparer who works with the financial advisor so at least someone has seen some of this information.Haha, yeah, it's been a major source of anxiety for my mom. For the attorney, should I be looking up any type of attorney in particular? It looks like financial attorneys have different specialties. Sorry if these are all silly questions...Thank you. Not looking forward to getting a lawyer and all of that honestly... it's probably going to be a mess. But my dad's retired so this is my parents' only source of income. I don't see an alternative besides waiting for the floor to fall under them.Yeah... hard to hear, but that's what I thought. The 'joke" has always been that as soon as my grandmother, the matriarch of the family dies, it's going to end in a free for all for the money. My dad seems content in just waiting for that to happen.
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Thread Applying for jobs is exhausting and soul-crushing
Not sure if this is the best place to ask this question, but I'm in a bit of an awkward position. I did a group interview for a company a few weeks ago and (happily!) got an offer. During the group interview, we were encouraged to exchange contact information with the other candidates. Now, those candidates are asking me if I've heard back from the company as we were supposed to be hearing back last week. Should I tell them that I heard back and was given an offer? I don't want to step on the company's shoes if they are still making decisions, nor do I want to make other applicants feel bad. :(
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Thread Applying for jobs is exhausting and soul-crushing
Makes a lot of sense, thank you! I've signed the contract, but still waiting on a background check. I'll respond once everything has gone through. Thank you for the congratulations and the detailed advice! have already accepted, but I'm waiting for the background check to go through. So I don't technically have the job quite yet. You're right that it's not my responsibility, and I shouldn't feel like I to respond to the other candidates right away. I mostly feel bad that they haven't heard anything yet, because I know I would be feeling incredibly anxious if I were in their position. My other worry is that the company would rather me not say anything, but maybe I'm overthinking it. Better wait until it's a sure thing before responding.
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Thread Programming |OT| Functional, Imperative, OOP, Cargo-Cult,... all are welcome!
Anyone here good at using MPI? I'm trying to just do a simple matrix multiplication for a distributed version of PageRank, but I keep getting a "memcpy argument memory ranges overlap" error, and I'm at a loss.
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Thread Retirement-Era |OT| How to Invest For Retirement
I figured this would be the best thread to ask these questions, but let me know if this isn't the place for it. My parents have been using a distant relative as a investment advisor/financial planner to manage their money since before I was born. The advisor has direct control over all of the money, as far as I'm aware, and he refuses to give my parents any clear information about any of it. The money is held in some sort of pool with my dad's' family, and the most the advisor will do is condescendingly draw a pie chart for my parents with no numbers attached. The money is under multiple names, including my own, since my parents forced me to sign some papers when I turned 18. I'm hoping that gives me some power over getting this information. My parents don't even know where the money is held, how much is the principal, how much money they make every month, things like that. What are the documents I should be asking for if I want to know if the advisor is even licensed (if that's a thing)? What documents do you expect your advisor to provide you with each month or year? If the advisor refuses to show any of this, what should be my next steps? I don't even know what sort of stuff to be searching for.
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Thread I'm starting antidepressants for the first time
Been taking 10 mg Escitalopram for almost a decade now. It's been pretty helpful, particularly with my anxiety. The biggest side effects are fatigue and lowering my sex drive. The first month or so I couldn't orgasm, but I don't have that issue anymore. The fatigue doesn't keep me from functioning. I was still able to be a full time student, work part-time, do research, etc. Just means I'm tired a lot, and given the option, I'll probably want to nap over doing anything else. Good luck!
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Thread What Are You Reading? |OT| One Thread to Rule Them All
I've gotten to the point where I have a lot of trouble discovering good, older fantasy/science-fiction authors from before the 2000's. :( What are some good, recent fantasy/science-fiction (standalone or finished series) that don't treat women like second class citizens? Here are some recent authors and works I've enjoyed: The Daevabad Trilogy - S.A. Charkraborty The Priory of the Orange Tree - Samantha Shannon The City in the Middle of the Night - Charlie Jane Anders Winternight Trilogy - Katherine Arden The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik An Ember in the Ashes - Sabba Tahir Circie - Madeline Miller Clocktaur War - T. Kingfisher The Broken Earth - N.K. Jemisin The Divine Cities - Robert Jackson Bennett The Memoirs of Lady Trent - Marie Brennan Bone Universe - Fran Wilde Radiance - Catheryne M. Valente Binti - Nnedi Okorafor The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge Imperial Radch - Ann Leckie Wayfarers - Becky Chambers The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison Silo - Hugh Howey A Stranger in Olandria - Sofia Samatar The Shattered Sea - Joe Abercrombie I know some of these have sequels or aren't finished, but like I said, I'd rather read something that's standalone or finished. I've read other works by most of these authors a well, just sticking to a single example.
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Just seems very... uninformed. GRRM is far more comic-book storytelling than Le Guin. To the point that no one has been able to adapt her work well while GRRM follows more conventional tastes and narrative structures and is an easier pitch to current audiences. If you're discounting "A Wizard of Earthsea" because a few chapters take place in a wizard school (Le Guin pretty much invented the trope), I would still urge you to give it a try because it's a way more psychological (particularly in the Jungian sense) dive into a character than anything else in the genre. She is not telling a story about a wizard because it's cool. It's her way of exploring questions of balance and the ethical use of power. That might not be your thing, but she is just as much of a pillar of fantasy as Tolkien and GRRM. In my opinion, Le Guin comes much closer to imitating myth than Tolkien but she's coming at it in a different way. Tolkien writes his fantasy like a historian/linguist. Le Guin writes her fantasy like an anthropologist. The Earthsea books feel very much like you're picking up a recent transcript of some long forgotten oral history. That's how authentic it feels. Not necessarily because of the world building but because Le Guin understands what drives myth. She's also an amazing stylist without the dryness of some of Tolkien's prose. (I think GRRM is a poor stylist in comparison to either of them, but that is my bias.)
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Thread What Are You Reading? |OT| One Thread to Rule Them All
I've been on a fairy-tale and myth retelling kick recently. Finally read and both which I very much enjoyed, but I think won out. Also been playing Hades so I've just been immersed in Greek mythology. But damn, almost no one gets a happy ending. Reading Shannon Hale's , which is based on a Grimm fairy-tale I never heard. Surprised by how much I liked it, never having read any of the author's work. Fun world building and great character development. Now I'm reading Robin McKinley's , having read a number of McKinley's work including her retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This time, it's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, a fairy-tale I'm not very fond of, but damn, I am blown away. McKinley creates a magical world with the whimsy of Pratchett or Wynne Jones. The focus begins on one of the fairy godmothers (kind of) and only switches to the princess as she gets older, about 40% through the book. And it just works. So many great female characters as well. Only over 60% done, but I'm really excited to see where it goes.
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Thread What Are You Reading? |OT| One Thread to Rule Them All
Since the beginning of the year I've been reading through my sister's books on Kindle, which have mostly ended up being romance. Just about to finish the series. It's been alright. Sad that reading books that take place during high school is still depressing at almost thirty. I spent the majority of it incredibly depressed and with low-self esteem. Hard not to be bitter. I'm noticing that less and less library books are offered as Kindle's ePub format. Have over folks noticed this? So much of my reading is through the library, and with COVID, I'm pretty much full electronic. Seriously considering getting another eReader...I legitimately used the Discworld reading chart after reading Wyrd Sisters and then trying (and failing) to read the books in publishing order. Absolutely amazing book. Butler is an amazing writer.
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Thread What Are You Reading? |OT| One Thread to Rule Them All
48 out of 50. Not too bad considering it was my first full year of grad school. So most of my reading was during January and the summer months. Can't wait to graduate so I can go back to reading more regularly. Also means more non-fiction, as I stuck to mostly light reading to take a break from all the technical papers I had to read.
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Ursula K. Le Guin's retells the from the perspective of, well, Lavinia. It's really great. Another option is Margaret Atwood's which does the same for the from Penelope's perespective, but I found it to be a much weaker work overall.
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Thread What Are You Reading? |OT| One Thread to Rule Them All
We're dorks who love fantasy and sci-fi, but quite a few of us are really into other genres as well! I say us as if I've been posting in the thread. Graduate school took over my life. And for now I tend to just read fantasy and sci-fi instead of my usual fiction/non-fiction rotation because I want some very light reads. :(
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Thread What Are You Reading? |OT| One Thread to Rule Them All
Thank you everyone for the great recommendations! I'm happy that most are books I haven't read: some that were on my radar, others that are completely new. I think I'm going to go with Francis Hardinge's first, but I hope to get through most of these this summer. For stuff I have read: I've read Sorcery & Cecelia but wasn't too enamored with it, so I didn't continue with the series, but maybe I just wasn't in the right mood. I've also read quite a few of Bujold's stuff (including most of the Vorkosigan Saga and her newer fantasy series) and absolutely love it! That reminds me that I should read her Penric's Demon stuff now that there's more of it. Thank you for the lists especially! They will be super helpful. :)
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Thread What Are You Reading? |OT| One Thread to Rule Them All
I survived my first year of graduate school! And that means I can spend the summer reading! (Especially since my internship was cancelled...) I have not read a book since February. Normally, I alternate between reading fiction (usually fantasy and science fiction) and non-fiction. But I don't want to think right now. So what are some good, light YA or fantasy/science-fiction series? I'm looking for stuff with a similar feel to the following authors: Just writing up that list shows how white my YA reading has been... I need to branch out.
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Thread Would this be a big deal? (hair-related)
If you want hair and are willing to put the effort into a hair system or something like that, go for it! Would there be any downsides to just trying it out and seeing how you like it? Besides money, I suppose. People who would make fun this aren't worth shit. And I can't imagine any good partner would care about it either. Honestly, I'm always surprised that wigs and such seem such a rare and stigmatized option for men, considering how many women wear them without anyone ever noticing.
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Thread Colombia: At Least 41 Are Killed Over Protests In Ongoing Political Crisis
I appreciate folks who are updating the thread and providing good sources. My family in Colombia is such trash. They are all in the Uribe cult and don't give a fuck about what happens as long as the upper class stays in power. Irony is that a lot of them would literally be homeless if my parents didn't financially support them 100%.
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Thread Why women criticise sexualised character designs | OT3 | "Her ass is part of her character."
If you haven't already, please report the posts you think are going overboard or dismissing women's concerns. I haven't opened the thread yet, but I'm gonna take a look...
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Thread Why women criticise sexualised character designs | OT3 | "Her ass is part of her character."
That's what I hear. :(It's really upsetting. Cardcaptor Sakura is everything I wanted in a TV show as a kid and it would be great to have more of that in video games and TV. Still need to check this out!
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Thread Why women criticise sexualised character designs | OT3 | "Her ass is part of her character."
I really enjoyed the gameplay of Atelier Lydie & Suelle (having never played one of the games before) but yes, the character designs are absolutely gross. Why can't we just have a magical girl influenced series that doesn't sexualize children and cater to pedophiles? WHY IS THIS SO HARD?
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Thread New Pokémon Snap |OT| "Welcome back!"
Is there a list of folks giving out friend codes? Seriously just want Pokemon Snap friends. :( Here is my only popular photo. Why do people like this so much while my other photos get at most 1 sweet medal? Wingull is very cute but I still don't get it.
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Thread Worst famous arguments you've ever read/heard.
Then why does Lewis bring up the option of Jesus being a "lunatic" to discount the possibility of him being a great moral teacher? I think Lewis is saying that you cannot consider Jesus as a great moral teacher if you take the position that he was a "lunatic" or "madman".
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Thread Worst famous arguments you've ever read/heard.
I don't see why it's impossible to take the position that the guy was wrong about being a god, but otherwise made some good moral points. Also weird to equate being mentally ill with being immoral. Alternatively, someone could lie about this on purpose to try to spread their other ideas. Not exactly ethical, but an understandable tactic. It's not like the people claiming these things are holding Jesus as he's presented in the Bible up as infallible. Just saying that they recognize worth in some of his teachings.
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Thread In Colombia, At Least 19 Are Killed Over Protests
For the Colombians in power and who have money, the fear is legitimate in that they want to protect their undeserved privileges. They like the status quo. And anything is acceptable for the sake of the upper class's security, including the death of innocent people as long as they are poor.
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Thread Two Asian Woman Brutally Attacked in Liquor Store by Man with Cement Block
Have any of the recent attacks resulted in sentencing yet? Those sentences need to be attached to news like this to make it clear to anyone who wants to do the same that they are gonna spend quite some time in jail. I don't know if that actually discourages these fucks...
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Thread Would you send a uni assignment to someone you don't know from the same module?
Ah yes, you're the one not being a good student for not wanting to help someone plagiarize your work. You've been more than gracious with your time. If the rest of the group chat sides with him, they can lose out on your help too I guess.
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Thread Have you seen families torn apart by inheritance squabbles?
One side of grandparents lost a lot of their money fighting over it in their divorce. The millions my grandmother had, she gave to the oldest son who lost it all trying to play mafioso. (Years later he's in jail.) Somehow his siblings still talk to him and go to bat for him. And my parents are expected to financially support him once he gets out of jail. It's fucked up. No idea what my grandfather did with his money, but by the time he died, he didn't have any. My other grandparents also divorced but split the money amicably. That grandfather also passed away, but all his money went to his wife. My dad and mom think she deserves it though so no beef there. My dad's siblings disagree. Once my grandmother dies, it's going to be a mess. My dad and his two siblings have the money pooled together, and it's not clear who is entitled to what. This isn't just inheritance, it's the only source of income for my parents (and my mom's family members that she supports). My dad's sisters and the financial advisor make vague comments about how he owes the rest of them money for his ransom from his kidnapping and the money he used to move us to the US after the kidnapping. Our financial advisor is also pretty shady and has no loyalty to anyone but my grandma, and the rumors around the city is that he's stealing our money. (He refuses to show us any sort of financial document.) Whole thing is gonna be fun. I hope I'm wrong. And I hope my grandma lives as long of a life as possible and enjoyable for her.
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Thread Did you get a job in your field right after college?
I've been very lucky. In undergrad, I double majored in statistics and sociology, with a minor in computer science. Got a full-time offer as a research analyst about a month before graduating. Didn't do any internships but did spend two summers at prestigious universities doing undergraduate research experiences. Didn't go to job fairs since my school basically only had retail companies, hospitals, and schools doing any recruiting. Just applied to a random posting on Indeed. In grad school, I've been studying data science. I went to every job fair applicable to my field. Talked to a lot of folks. Got an internship through there. Did another internship in the summer. I graduate in two weeks, and I've had a full-time offer since the fall. Honestly feel under-qualified for the salary I requested. Gotta learn how to beat that imposter syndrome.
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Thread Let's Build a Zoo is a zoo builder with 300 thousand different types of animals releasing this Summer!
I don't like how cage-like the animal enclosures seem. I hope you can put trees and other environmental objects in them to make them more like the animal's natural habitat.
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Thread Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story - Official Teaser
You mean the original film adaptation of the play where the lead female role is completely white-washed? It's not great that the role this time didn't go to a Puerto Rican actress (and I say this as a Colombian), but at least she's actually Latina and a woman of color.
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Thread Anyone else tired of the "Batman = Billionare bad" take
Let me tell you all about my fanfic Batman ending which involves Helena synthesizing her dad and mom's approaches with the help of her siblings to make Gotham able to function without needing Wayne vigilantism and philanthropy and essentially control.I I prefer superhero stories at least trying and fumbling than just sticking to hordes of antagonists that either aren't "human" or are a lone wolf, inherently evil person trying to fuck up an otherwise just, functioning, and equitable system. (Doesn't help that DC/MCU exist in an otherwise "real Earth" whose economic and political systems are pretty much exactly our own.) Would I have enjoyed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier more if the Flagsmashers were portrayed as wanting to overthrow governments just because they were evil? I don't know.
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Thread Anyone else tired of the "Batman = Billionare bad" take
Yeah, this was something I was talking about with my partner after finishing The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The current expectations of the genre (as mostly action-oriented) don't give writers a lot of wiggle room: protagonist and antagonist must come to blows to resolve the conflict. And the audience now expects some sort of reason for the antagonist besides Nazi, at least for some of the villains. And I don't think the US for example is prepared to have a discussion about when it is acceptable to use violence to destroy or combat that status quo. What stories from American pop culture have done that? The original Star Wars trilogy? Where the "system" is just an inherently evil Nazi empire?Yeah, that sounds about right... I will never understand the appeal of making kid properties more violent.
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Thread Anyone else tired of the "Batman = Billionare bad" take
Sometimes I wonder if the folks who want their superhero stories to be this, or , aren't getting that itch scratched anywhere else. Which is like. Please, there are other stories out there that are much better equipped to handle these issues.Exactly. These perpetually on-going, constantly rebooting stories just don't work in the long-run if you want any resolution or follow through on themes. I'd love for writers to give Gotham a "true" ending, but will DC ever hire anyone to write that? Or as something that is popular enough that not only niche comic fans are aware of it?
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Thread Anyone else tired of the "Batman = Billionare bad" take
But I want superheroes to be recognized as inherently goofy shit for kids. :( Doesn't mean we can't engage with them critically, but I think a lot of the issue is adults trying to force what's essentially a fantasy for children into something it's not. Superheroes, when not being deconstructed, generally work best as children's lit/YA. That's not to say adults can't enjoy it. But the superhero genre is ultimately problematic because it's essentially giving a small few the monopoly on violence. I don't know any superhero story (where you are supposed to root for the superhero as protagonist) that gets away from that. I do wish creators would try to write more superhero stories where the superhero solves conflict without resorting to violence. Or actually gets to solve systemic issue. People keep mentioning it in this thread, but why hasn't Gotham been saved? In-universe the explanation is a literal curse. But honestly, the "curse" is that DC thinks we would stop buying Batman stuff if Bruce actually succeeded. But DC and Marvel are convinced that we prefer stories were nothing is actually resolved and where for the majority of consumers the most exciting part is watching people physically fighting. And given by how the most popular interpretations are pretty much exactly that, unfortunately they might be right.
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Thread The IT Career Questions/Advice Official Thread, for FAQs, Job Opportunities, Certification Help, Educational Resources and More!
I'll try to! ;-;That's a good way of looking at it. I have a tenancy to think I'm limited in my choices and can't afford to make those kinds of decisions, but I know that's probably not rational... No official start date yet, but I graduate in May so it'll probably be some time during the summer depending on what works best for the team.They sound pretty flexible. It'll just feel so nice knowing that I don't have to worry about interview during the semester and my partner and I can actually plan in advance for moving.
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Thread The IT Career Questions/Advice Official Thread, for FAQs, Job Opportunities, Certification Help, Educational Resources and More!
I know that feel. I've never been offered a bonus before, let alone a signing bonus... it's very awesome, and I hope it just gets better for you from here on out!Thank you! I'm trying to negotiate on the offer because well, companies apparently expect folks to do it, and I don't want to get into the habit of not doing it as a minority woman. But it's hard not to feel like I've done something wrong and that they'll rescind the offer. Trying not to let my anxiety get to me.
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Thread The IT Career Questions/Advice Official Thread, for FAQs, Job Opportunities, Certification Help, Educational Resources and More!
Spoke to them today and they said it was more of an issue with budget allocation. But either way, it worked in my favor. And thank you! :3 It all feels very unreal. I'm still negotiating and keep worrying that I did something wrong in even trying to negotiate, but I'm hoping by this time next week I will have signed an offer and will be lined up for a job after graduation.
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Thread The IT Career Questions/Advice Official Thread, for FAQs, Job Opportunities, Certification Help, Educational Resources and More!
Has anyone received an offer letter out of the blue after being told you were passed over for the position? With zero communication in between? This is a really large tech company so they know what they're doing, but maybe they deal with such a high volume of applications that sometimes there are mistakes like this. :( How do I email back "Is this real?" without sounding like a loser? :P
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Thread The IT Career Questions/Advice Official Thread, for FAQs, Job Opportunities, Certification Help, Educational Resources and More!
Got a follow-up interview for a data scientist position with a big tech company early next week. One of their teams already passed on me for a role, but at least they didn't completely throw out my application, right? I asked the recruiter for more information about the interview format but got no response. Was just told it's a technical interview, but I wanted to get a feel if there was going to be any coding involved. The previous interview was an online coding assessment, but it wasn't done live. Terrified at the idea of coding in front of someone (or the COVID version, sharing my screen.)Congratulations! I'm glad it went so well!
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It's an rolling position for new graduates, so it's not tied to anything specific. More like, we'll match you with a team that has an opening if we like you. But I was still relatively early on in the interview process.It's been a month before I got the original email telling me they weren't moving forward with my application. It was just really unexpected that they would go from stopping (after one interview) and then immediately to an offer. I got clarification that it wasn't sent by mistake, and I'll be talking to HR tomorrow on the phone to discuss the offer. But even my advisor in the office of career services was thrown for a loop!
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Thread "The Other History of the DC Univere" Finally Acknowledges What Slade and Terra's Relationship Truly Was (Trigger Warning: Abuse)
I'm glad at least one writer at DC is acknowledging it. And I agree, I wish Terra got to continue as an actual character. I probably wouldn't want to keep the abuse as canon, especially in what is usually a more of a teen-centric team. But if someone is going to write rape into their story, the least they can fucking do is admit that it is rape and not slut shame the victim.
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Thread Can't decide what game you should play next? Let this thread choose.
Thanks for the input! Looks like Odyssey is the clear winner. I don't like to play two games at the same time even if one is portable and the other one is on console/PC, so I'll be sticking to Odyssey for now. :)
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Thread How do you feel about going back and reading classic literature?
The last classic I read was "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" earlier this year and I was surprised by how modern it felt and how much I enjoyed it. There are some classics I adore and some I don't have much interest in. I do tend to prefer reading them in a class where I can get more context for them.
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Thread United Airlines: We plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color
Ah gotcha. I ask because my uncles who are pilots can't find jobs. But that's in Colombia and I can't remember if they have their commercial licenses.
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Thread How many times in your life have you "gone your separate ways" with a good friend?
I've only kept one friendship from childhood. Being in a conservative environment until high school and having depression as a teenager means either I had friendships I couldn't feel comfortable with anymore or friendships I straight up sabotaged.
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Thread That time Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Margrat Garlick met Gollum...
Yes, agreed.Same. My partner is starting to go through them. He's read Mort, Small Gods, Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, and Wyrd Sisters. We're having a lot of fun. He normally gets me Discworld stuff for presents, so it's great that he gets to see what he's actually been buying me all these years.
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Thread Y'all scared of becoming your parents?
Yeah, it's a definite fear. I tell my partner that if I ever start becoming like my mom, he shouldn't feel bad about leaving me and should just save himself. It's hard to explain my mom to strangers. Closest description I've seen is a narcissist parent, but not quite. She is very controlling, doesn't admit any faults or mistakes, can't take no for an answer, and is very close-minded which coupled with a sometimes tenuous grasp of reality isn't a good mix. She doesn't really have a life of her own besides going out shopping, so she tries to control the lives of family members. Nor does she have friends or consider anyone a peer so there is a lack of both emotional support and getting called out. Her only way of relating to someone is by being an authority figure/caretaker. I know that a lot of it is the result of trauma and never finding community in a new country. But that doesn't make it any easier to deal with in the moment.
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
In my experience programs at the same school send out acceptances at very different times. Sometimes it'll be later than what they expect or say on the website. I've definitely been there where the expected decision date came and went, was super depressed, and got the acceptance weeks, maybe even a month later.
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Thread FantasyERA: Good fantasy book series for a 11yo? (Not Potter/LOTR)
Is he okay with reading books with female protagonists?I think it's the perfect age especially if he is already reading a lot. It's required reading for a lot of schools around seventh grade, so maybe generally a year or two older, but not out of reach.
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Thread FantasyERA: Good fantasy book series for a 11yo? (Not Potter/LOTR)
The Chronicles of Prydain are absolutely lovely. I devoured them at that age as well. I enjoyed Narnia ta the same age but was less excited for. It's definitely the older style of fantasy series where it's not one linear story but just bounces around, which can be a bit jarring to someone used to more modern sequel structure. It also means more variation in quality if you don't like a particular set of characters. Agreed on the issues with women's sexuality and would add there's also a lot of Orientalism. Both issues worth a discussion if he ends up reading the books.
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Thread I like Brandon Sanderson's lectures, Podcast (Writing Excuses) and work ethic, but man I do not like his books
Agreed. I honestly don't remember much about The Emperor's Soul, but I do remember feeling like the short form (and tight editing) really helped Sanderson.
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Thread I like Brandon Sanderson's lectures, Podcast (Writing Excuses) and work ethic, but man I do not like his books
It's not just me then! ;) Although I wouldn't say I dislike his books, just not crazy about them. I feel that way about a lot of folks on Writing Excuses. Love listening to them, but reading their stories is something else. (Although to be fair, I've only really read substantially from Sanderson and Kowal.) There are much better fantasy authors out there whose prose and characters are more than just serviceable, but I enjoy Sanderson's imagination enough to want to read his stuff every now and then. I don't often recommend his novels and they are not in my top lists, but still easy reads and enjoyable.
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Thread So recently i watched the Rifftraxed Super Mario Bros movie and three things struck me hard.
My family unironically loves this movie and we would all be very excited when it was on TV because it was the first time we saw a Colombian actor in a Hollywood film. I remember being upset about the depiction of Toad but Yoshi was cute so I was happy with that.
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Thread The 'Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise is expanding: Avatar Studios Created, first animated theatrical film in the works
I get why folks say that. Ehasz, who was also head writer, is credited with suggesting changes that ultimately made the show much, much better. I imagine I would not have enjoyed A:TLA even a quarter as much if there was a love triangle between Aang, Katara, and male Toph. (Or if Azula was a guy, but I can't find a source for that one.) I think that's the reason some fans, including myself, really held up Ehasz when Korra fumbled narrative beats that he pushed against during TLA. But you're right, it's ultimately a writing team. I just hope the studio involves folks who suggest and successfully push for similar changes.This is ultimately how I feel about Korra.
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Thread The 'Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise is expanding: Avatar Studios Created, first animated theatrical film in the works
Sorry I didn't mean to sound so harsh. I figured you and other folks weren't aware. I hope Bryan and Mike can find other writers who can keep them from some of their worse writing impulses.
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Thread The 'Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise is expanding: Avatar Studios Created, first animated theatrical film in the works
As mentioned before in the thread, Ehasz created an incredibly abusive and toxic work environment for women. The guy should not be allowed anywhere near the production.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Glad to hear it! What do you think has been the biggest challenge transitioning from student to employee in the data science space? And I got a full-time offer for graduation, but that won't start until the summer! Means moving back close to NYC which I'm excited for. In the meantime, I have one course left and an exciting internship.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Thank you! I haven't heard back from the company for that particular position, unfortunately. Was further in the running for another one within a different department, but they aren't moving forward with my application. Trying not to be too crushed. ;-;
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Anyone here done a HackerRank coding assessment specifically for data science? I've done very few HankerRank challenges on my own back in undergrad, so more than four years ago, so I'm pretty nervous. I've got about two weeks to prepare, but I really don't know what to expect.How did this turn out?
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Thread How do you deal with nearly endless amounts of content/media that you want to watch/play/read?
Why do you want to finish things? To get a more complete experience? To say you finished it? How good are you at picking up things you are likely to enjoy? I read between 50 and 100 books a year. I do a pretty good job of only picking things up I know I will enjoy. I probably only put down a single book for every 50 I finish, and that tends to be for very specific reasons. But I also don't let myself start or buy another book until I finish the current one.
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Thread For those that graduated college/university, would you be where you're professionally without it?
Most jobs in data science and machine learning require at least a Master's. I'm sure some people get by without one, or without a Bachelor's, but let's be honest, the chances of that happening for a Latina are pretty slim. Maybe a boot camp could help, but I don't know how successful those are for this field. And even if I managed to get this type of job, no way I would have gotten the same pay without a degree from a top program.
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Thread Nintendo eShop - March 2021
Not sure where else to ask this. Looks like a bunch of Square Enix games are on sale. I've never played the Final Fantasy games and wanted to play FFVII and maybe others. How is the general portable performance on Switch? Also have GamePass so I would be paying for portability.
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Thread The classic Pokémon TCG market (1999-2003) is really wild right now. Need help with yours? Post them here! [Updated!]
I can't remember if I still have my full collection of the first three sets or if my mom sent it to my cousins in Colombia...
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Thread If you could live anywhere in the US, where would you live?
Don't think you're alone with wanting that. I don't know what it is for me. I grew up in Miami where there aren't really seasons and was always super jealous of kids who got fall and winter. Maybe it's the Peanuts movies' fault. Moved to the northeast as an adult and I love the change.
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Thread If you could live anywhere in the US, where would you live?
Aesthetics: my priorities are having seasons and mountains. Snow in the winter, leaves changing color in the fall. Infrastructure: Good public transportation with no need for a car. Demographics: A sizable Colombian community and fairly diverse in general. Politics: Left-leaning and with easy access to women's health centers. I don't know if such a place exists. If it did global warming is probably getting rid of the seasons or messing them up a bunch.
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Thread A trip through DC's direct to video animated movies
I really enjoyed Under the Red Hood, but afterwards had no interest in the Batman movies as unfortunately they started focusing on Damian and did the rest of Bruce's children real dirty. Either by completely ignoring them (Jason, Tim, and Cass) or making them utterly incompetent (Dick) to make Damien look better. Batman Ninja was fun to watch with my partner because it was just so out there and as the only one to show all the boys together. But I'd rather have an actual Batfamily movie and not... whatever that was. Also remember liking Superman vs. The Elite and Wonder Woman. The latter was dragged down by a terrible Steve Trevor though. Oh, and I liked Gotham by Gaslight except for the ending. I never cared much for the original story except for the art, so I really enjoyed seeing Selina given essentially second billing. And the movie opens with three of Bruce's kids, how can I hate it?
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Thread RTTP: Batman Arkham City: Gameplay is still great, but man... was the story always this bad?
Yeah, the story was bad then, and it's bad now. I absolutely hate Bruce's characterization in the game. I pretty much only played the Arkham games for the melee gameplay and tried to pay attention to the story as little as possible.I was so excited to be able to play as Catwoman, and then this is what I got. Utterly terrible.
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Thread So Rachel Dolezal is not unique
I have a hard time imagining that her scholarship is legitimate given the extreme lack of respect she's shown by doing this, but in any case, at the very least she needs to step down from her position as associate professor. She says she doesn't know how to fix this, but that would be a good fucking first step.No problem. Less institutions should use Columbia in their names...
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Thread I'd consider Hunchback of Notre Dame to be Disney's possible best film... were it not for the gargoyles.
I haven't seen the original German version, but the statues do the same as the gargoyles in your version. I like how we basically had the same spoiler. :P
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Thread I'd consider Hunchback of Notre Dame to be Disney's possible best film... were it not for the gargoyles.
Luckily the stage musical completely writes them out and replaces them with the saint statues who are very clearly part of Quasimodo's psyche, and have a chilling pay off. They aren't really meant to be there for comedic effect, also serve as narrators, and generally have very lovely singing parts. Too bad the live-action film isn't going to be based on it. It's just so good. Seriously, if they had done the stage musical's plot and music, the animated film would have easily been the best Disney film. Here are the songs featuring the saint statues:Somewhat of a replacement of A Guy Like You in that the statues encourage Quasimodo to interact with Esmeralda. Also includes her. It's a really cute song.Another replacement for A Guy Like You, this time focusing on motivating Quasimodo to go find her after she goes into hiding. Probably one of the weakest new songs.Quasimodo rejects the statues and blames them for everything that's gone wrong. One of the best new songs and it's really frustrating that we won't see it in a live-action film.The statues are part of the whole finale, which is basically Sanctuary! from the animated film except everyone gets to sing, not just the Latin chorus. Besides the spoiler at the beginning of the post, it also features a really cool bit where Quasimodo sounds like he's chanting a spell before pouring molten lead on the soldiers.
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Thread Has anyone taken a college course where they didn't understand most of the material or at least half?
I took an advanced theoretical computer science course with zero theoretical computer science background. I think I ended up understanding at least half of the material and somehow managed to get a B+ on the final and an A in the course. But I was certainly at office hours every single week...
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Thread I know I'm probably being unreasonable, but my university is going almost entirely online only learning this year and I'm unhappy about it.
I think it's possible to understand and agree with the decision to move to remote learning while still being disappointed and upset. You can also do it while keeping things in perspective. If this is the major way the pandemic affects me, I'm ultimately pretty lucky. That's where I'm at. I get that for some schools it's absolutely impossible to lower tuition. That's not the issue for mine, and similar schools have actually applied a discount, but my university still refuses. Instead, they raised tuition. Nor were we allowed to defer. That part it also upsetting.
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Thread US Census - Hispanic/Latin Ethnicity and Races confusion
Yeah, it's confusing. My sister and her roommate called me when filling out theirs to ask what to put. My sister ended up going with Hispanic/White like me since we are both light skinned and have majority Spanish ancestry as far as we can tell. Her roommate, who is Mexican with mostly indigenous ancestry and some Spanish, put Hispanic/American Indian and White. This sounds like it might be an accurate option for you, despite being light skinned. But really, it's up to what you feel you identify and are comfortable with.
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Thread Which Elemental Bending Ability Would You Want?
I would honestly be happy with any of the elements. Really hard to choose between Water or Air. Then it's Earth, and then Fire. People like Suki and Ty Lee make people without bending powers look awesome too, but I would be pretty disappointed to be born without any of the powers.
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Thread Does anyone actually keep in touch with people in college?
My two best friends are from college. But I only attended that school for a year. I don't keep in contact with anyone I had classes with at my transfer school, which was for about three years. By then I already had a good friend group and it was a commuter school, so just different social environment. And my major didn't really have a "cohort" or any sort of activities to bring us together as a class. We'll see what happens with the friends I've made in graduate school. Definitely feel closer to them than the people I knew in undergrad. But it's much more cohort based.
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Thread Sci-fi and Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin PBS Documentary Free this Weekend! [US & UK]
Just finished watching the documentary with my partner. Definitely some tears. I really enjoyed it and thought they did a good job of covering the most important stuff, but damn do I wish this was a series. For example, I think a whole hour episode could be devoted to gender in Earthsea. Her work is just so rich. And I love hearing people talk about it. I was a little sad about the lack of diversity in the authors they interviewed. Glad to see Delany at least. I was lucky enough to go to an event for the first year anniversary of her death which had a lot of the same authors talk about and read her work, but it also included N.K. Jemisin and others. I would also love to see the full interviews if anything was cut. Like I said, I can't get enough of hearing people talk about her work. Does anyone recommend any podcasts discussing her stuff?Yay! So happy to see more people picking up her work. Let us know what you think. :DYeah, I debated how to word that so I get what you're saying. But even in fantasy/sci-fi book recommendation threads here I don't see her mentioned nearly as much as male writers like Isaac Asimov, Phillip K. Dick, Frank Herbert, etc. I don't want to let myself get too excited after what happened with the two previous adaptations, but I would love for Earthsea to be part of mainstream conversation in the same way that other fantasy works like LotR and GoT are.
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Thread Studio Ghibli Chronological Retrospective [UP: Princess Mononoke]
I think it's supposed to be jarring and offputting. Miyazaki is trying show how terrible it is that Ashitaka has to resort to violence instead of trying to showcase it as something cool. Every time Ashitak sends an arrow flying It's supposed to be a moment of disgust and discomfort even if he's ultimately justified in using such force.
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Thread Sci-fi and Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin PBS Documentary Free this Weekend! [US & UK]
The official twitter links to for worldwide distribution. I'm not sure if it's free or paid since it's not available in the US, but maybe it works for Canada? :(
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Thread Sci-fi and Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin PBS Documentary Free this Weekend! [US & UK]
Until August 30, the PBS documentary , directed by Arwen Curry, is free to watch! USA Link: UK Link: Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find links for any other country. If you do find (legal) streams available elsewhere, please let me know and I’ll add them here.:I'll be seeing it for the first time these weekend so I can't speak to its quality, but I wanted to give folks a heads up. Ursula K. Le Guin needs no introduction for her fans, but for those that do need an introduction, I want to convince you to take a look at her work. She is a literary giant in science fiction and fantasy, and yet, she hasn’t broken into the mainstream the way other (male) authors of her generation have. If you’ve ever thought that science fiction and fantasy never quite delivered on its promises of imagining other ways of living, never moved beyond worlds that were predominately white and male, then Le Guin’s works are for you. And even if you’ve never thought that about the two genres, you should still definitely check her out. There is plenty to enjoy in the staggering amount of work she left behind during almost six decades of writing. Her themes include humanism, environmentalism, feminism, and anticaptialism. She was one of the first American fantasy and sci-fi writers to center people of color and queer protagonists in her work. Unlike many of the white authors working in the genre, particularly during her time, Le Guin never considered a default of race, gender, or sexuality. Her stories are truly diverse in character, theme, and setting. Below, I’ve highlighted arguably her most famous works. Maybe if there’s enough traction in the thread, I’ll post about some of her less known stuff that I’ve really enjoyed, particularly her short story collections which are on par (or even better) than her novels.and Synopsis of (from ): Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance. Image from the dust cover of The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess. Synopsis (from ): A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose - and change - their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. From :Image from Folio Society's illustrated edition, illustrated by David Lupton Synposis (from ): Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life—Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Urras, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change. Image from Folio Society's illustrated edition, illustrated by David Lupton
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Thread Milana Vayntrub (The AT&T Girl) responded on Instagram Live to the sexist memes targeting her
It really does suck. This is also why we moderated the 'News - Dutch researchers find antibodies against coronavirus in breast milk' thread so heavily and locked it. This kind of behavior hurts women, even if it's done as a "joke". The joke sucks. It's not funny to be reduced down to whatever organs some men find sexually appealing in practically any space you try to be in. It's tiring. It's dehumanizing.
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Thread Is anybody reading Batman: The Adventures Continue?
I just saw the action figures the other day and didn't know there was also a comic series. Unfortunately, Bruce Timm's more recent work and the Batman Beyond comics have soured me on going back to that canon. I also imagine the tone is more The New Batman Adventures than the original Batman: The Animated Series. Despite loving the focus on the family, I never really got over Bruce's personality change.
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Thread keeping your house cooled off w/ no AC
We've been using two window fans and one fan tower this summer and it's been pretty alright here in Massachusetts. During the day, we usually have one window unit pushing air in and the other out to create circulation. Much cheaper than buying and running an AC, and hopefully better for the environment as well. It really only gets uncomfortable beyond 95 F/35C. But still much more bearable than not having anything. We also keep the blackout curtains down during most of the day in the bedroom, and only raise them a bit in the living room. We had an AC in NYC and grew up in Miami where everything was AC. I don't know if our solution would work if we ever went back to NYC, but I really want to get away from using AC.
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Thread There's a physical book shortage with popular titles. The pandemic is creating more demand for physical books.
I've tried to cut down on buying physical books since we haven't settled down anywhere yet and lugging boxes of books is no fun. But I have been going down to the local independent bookstore every now and then to support them during COVID. They actually cleared out the storefront next to them to specifically handle deliveries because of the demand while also keeping the store open (limiting the number of customers at a time.)
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Thread To those well into their professional careers.. Is "follow your passion" one of the worst advice to give a young person?
I don't know about worst advice ever, but I do think it can be harmful to give young people the sense that the only careers and skills worth pursuing are those that align 100% with their passions, particularly ones they picked while in middle or high school. I know too many talented artists who are unemployed or underemployed with significant student debt from art/music school, and without the self-confidence or opportunity to try something else. I also say this as someone who dropped out of art school after one year because I saw just how crazy competitive the field was. Ultimately, I wish we lived in a society were people could follow their passions without worrying about making a living wage and could study whatever they wanted without the fear of debt. But until then, I'll try to give advice that recognizes this reality.Yes, being able to pivot and develop multiple skills is important. Unfortunately, this is very true. And more luck.
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Thread How did Batman get the Giant Penny into the Batcave?
One of the BTAS comics gives the best explanation for why he does it. Because Dick couldn't compete in school sports or competitions and he's someone who really enjoys the recognition, Bruce started bringing in "trophies" from their missions together. First one was the T-Rex.
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Thread Bras off: Lockdown triggers rise in French women going braless
Yup. Since COVID I've only worn a bra if I'm going more than a block away from the apartment. Which only really happens on trips to the supermarket. Can even get away with it during video meetings with the right angle and shirt. :DAnything beyond normal walking speed is slightly uncomfortable.
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Thread In the DCAU, it's sad that Bruce and Dick never reconcile
The whole love triangle is so fucking unnecessary and really feels like it's only there because it's what gets Bruce Timm off. In general I'm not a fan of the "bad ending" for Bruce because I genuinely love the character and prefer him to have positive relationships with his kids. But I think it works in context, and I don't mind if some stories/canon use it as long as others get to do something more positive.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
There are parts I'm not too fond of (like the kneecaps) but I generally love this costume too! I would love to cosplay it one day. Gotta do it soon while I can still pull off looking like a teenager and not some old lady.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
Very true!Agreed. It's way too common in both the official art and fan art.I honestly prefer it, but I know I'm in the minority there. Identity Crisis is still trash! After making my partner read through the original Robin mini-series and early issues, he jokes that Bruce killed Tim's biological parents. He always forgets that Tim's dad survived.It's an aspect of the story clearly meant to be as fantastical as any other action media aimed at children, teenagers, and young adults in which the protagonists are in those age groups. But some people really want their gritty and "mature" Batman, so there's a mismatch in tone. It works when the stories are clearly a fantasy and for all ages or YA.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
If we're counting Terry, there's Helena is also a biological daugher somewhere in the nebulous future. Or soon, depending on what Tom King does. :/Batman has so many children. So many.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
They've really leaned away from it ever since Damian was introduced, unfortunately. And especially after New 52, so it's really easy to miss.She's been shown in other continuities like Tom King's Batman Annual #1 (I think?) , and Selina is pregnant in a solicitation. I don't think the actual issue has come out yet. I don't keep up with comics like I used to so other people probably know better what's going on with that.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
Relevant Tim panels.No need for quotation marks! Dick is definitely the eldest son.Damn, not a Tim fan I take it? :PI'm glad you included her in the poll! So many people forget about her, even if they see the boys as Bruce's children. And I agree, I think that would definitely be something she would get the family to do. I can see Bruce not really wanting to ride anything and just wanting to go for quite, normal walk around the park with Cass and Alfred. Of course the other kids (and Selina) would try to get him to ride something. And Alfred is so there for all the pictures. Alfred, as best grandfather ever, definitely also gets really great Father's Day presents!
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
How much did New 52/Rebirth change? Before, Tim and Jason were both legally adopted ,and he's called them his sons multiple times. Cassandra was also legally adopted.
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Thread I've always wondered, which of Batman's children would get him the best Father's Day gift?
This is the best thread ever. I think Bruce would love pretty much anything they get him. Within reason of course. Bruce doesn't have favorites, so all the gifts are the best. Please add an "All of the above" category. Sometimes people give the other fathers in their lives Father's Day gifts, even if they aren't their own fathers. And while Jim will always be her dad, I do think she thinks of Bruce in fatherly terms as well as a teacher and mentor.
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Thread Gotham Knights Announced (WB Montreal, 2021, Solo/Two-Player Co-op, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, PC)
I couldn't really tell how old the characters were supposed to be, but that's good to hear.No worries! And Wayne Manor is usually to the north in the outskirts? Time to bring out my Gotham puzzle map that's stored under the bed until we can frame it...
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Thread Gotham Knights Announced (WB Montreal, 2021, Solo/Two-Player Co-op, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, PC)
Right, that's what I meant that it's not a formal sequel. Having no knowledge about the characters besides the Arkham games will probably give you enough of a foundation, but they're probably working on the assumption that a large part of their audience only knows about Babs, Dick, Jason, and Tim from those games.
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Thread Gotham Knights Announced (WB Montreal, 2021, Solo/Two-Player Co-op, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, PC)
Not a formal sequel. I'm sure those things will be explained in the game. Well, except for Tim and Barbara, which I will be so happy if they go back on. It should have never happened.
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Thread Is Batman justified in having contigency plans to take down the JL?
I think it's possible to write Bruce as very paranoid (and to portray it as a flaw) and let that paranoia lead to mistakes without making him a psychopath or narcissist. But I don't think many writers are interested in that.
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Thread For those who went to college/university, how old were you when you started?
I get feeling like you're too old or that everyone else is already so ahead of you in the game. But at the end of the day, getting the education and the degree even if it's "late" is better than not doing it at all. Would you be able to test out of any of the courses? I went straight to college from high school when I really shouldn't have because of my mental health. Dropped out a semester in, transferred to art school the next year, transferred to a more traditional school two years after that. Graduated at 25. I'll graduate with my Master's at 29. I was older than a lot of my peers in undergrad, but I ended up transferring to a local public university where almost everyone commuted in. So there was a lot of diversity in student ages. And as a commuter school it was a different vibe then everyone living in dorms with each other.
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Thread Why do you LOATHE that fiction genre? (And examples of that which may please you)
Have you read or watched The Twelve Kingdoms? Because it's utterly amazing and does not fall into the usual isekai tropes. Mostly because it was written and made before the current batch of male-centered isekai taking place in video game worlds. It's probably one of the best world building that I've seen in anime and has legitimate character development. The world feels like there are actually politics and things happening that don't revolve around the main character. As a fan of sci-fi literature, I can understand the opinion. There's just so much more interesting and great sci-fi literature than films or shows of the same quality. (In my opinion, obviously). But that's really a thing to do with cost, so it makes sense. Films with fantastical or unrealistic elements have been so much more expensive than other types that there's bound to be less. Especially stuff willing to take the creative risks that truly great sci-fi does. Basically, where is my The Left Hand of Darkness movie?
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Thread How much did your parents help with college and buying a house?
I've been incredibly privileged to have my parents help me out with college tuition and living expenses during both my undergraduate and graduate studies. I always try to help out with scholarships, part-time jobs, and paid summer research experiences or internships. In undergrad that covered tuition, but virtually no living expenses and so my folks took care of that. In graduate school, my parents have covered tuition while I've been paying most living expenses from savings. But the only reason I was able to save up while working full-time was because I didn't have loans to cover. Everyone deserves to get a quality education without having to take out loans or worry about how they are going to cover living expenses. All students deserve the choice to devote all their time to academic work. It really makes a difference. So I try to do my part to give back. In my current program, I'm part of a committee working to get the school to provide need-based financial aid for the program. Once I get a full-time job, I plan to "pay back" my scholarships for, at the very least, the total amount I was given. But these are really band-aid solutions. I vote for candidates that support free college and student loan forgiveness. I try to convince family and friends to do the same. No house, but my parents want to help with the down payment if I ever get to that point. Given their current financial situation, I'd rather they didn't, but they are insistent. We'll see what happens.
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Thread Dutch researchers find antibodies against coronavirus in breast milk
This thread does not seem to have produced any sort of discussion besides posts and GIFs sexualizing breast milk so it's being closed. Please keep in mind that this forum is not a men's locker room and that turning a thread about a health issue into one almost exclusively around sexualizing women can create an uncomfortable atmosphere for our female posters
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Thread A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels (They are a transporation specialist company)
Yes, there was a similar thread about a ProPublica article on this, but it wasn't centered around the company doing it. The whole thing is so fucked up. As if it wasn't bad enough before. Please donate to the ACLU, RAICES, and other organizations if you can. The article in the OP also has a map of the (known) hotels if you are able to go out and protest. The image was weird to copy, so I'll just list the locations here:
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Thread There's probably already a thread about this, but anyone starting to kinda hate George Martin after the Hugo Awards?
The whole situation and environment that led to it is just so shitty. And people wonder why we complain that these spaces are not inclusive. On a less important note, while I was never a fan of GRMM (I only got through the first three ASOIF books), I get the disappointment and hurt from his fans who expected better. And I feel you about the more general points about fantasy and science fiction. Even on this forum, any time a thread comes up, most of the books recommended are usually older works almost exclusively by white male authors. So much so that I'm currently working on a recommendation thread for fantasy and sci-fi books written by people of color and women. As well as a thread for young adult works that get overlooked because of Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games. I'd love to see your list of Middle-Eastern or Arab authors and incorporate it into the thread!These are really good points I just wanted to highlight. As to your second point, the English speaking world can be very Anglocentric. Knowing only one or a couple of languages is frustrating as a reader who wants to branch out more. I'm glad about the translation being done by folks like Ken Liu and I want there to be so much more, but ultimately the only way to fully appreciate the breadth of a country's literary output is to learn its language(s).
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Thread International Food Era - What is your super basic everyday meal?
Colombian style arepas are my go to when I don't want to cook anything too complicated. At least, they were before the pandemic hit and I was able to regularly go to supermarkets that sold them and the right type of cheese. Arepas are a corn or sweet corn "patty" that you can make in different shape. Some are filled with cheese, although I haven't found any frozen brands I like of those. There are Venezuelan style arepas that are more like buns that you stuff with food. The style I like the most is a larger, flat patty that you can use for various toppings. For the quickest meal, using queso blanco (a white Colombian cheese): For something more filling, you can put vegetables, fruit, or meets on top. I particularly like putting shredded meat.
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Thread Toys/Games from your childhood that you always wanted but never got?
There was definitely a lot of junk that I wanted that my parents (rightly) didn't get for me . One that always comes to mind is this silly Penguin stair/slide thing. But that's not what I remember the most. Getting my parents to buy me "boy" toys was like pulling teeth. And I don't mean junk like the above that I would have probably only paid attention to for a little bit before getting bored. I loved castles and ships and train sets. But I wasn't allowed to get any of those. Anything involving building that was more complex then Lego was a no go. Hell, even more Legos beyond the initial set we had were a no go. I'm sure that part of it was the expense, but it sucked to ask for that type of stuff and be guided towards only "girly" toys instead. That's not to say I didn't like those. I loved my Barbies and Polly Pockets and Beanie Babies. I just liked them all, and I hated the weird fuss, disbelief, and disapproval for wanting to step out of utterly ridiculous gender boundaries. The one exception was when I managed to convince my mom to get me one of those wooden and plastic construction sets, but she made me feel like such shit for it that any time I brought it out I felt bad. I still think it's one of the coolest types of toys.
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Thread Toys/Games from your childhood that you always wanted but never got?
I first remember seeing the Penguin thing at a friend's house and was utterly captivated. It's one of my earliest memories. Whoever designed that really understands how some kids' minds work. In general my mom made me feel bad about anything I did that didn't 100% adhere to what a girl should do. Toys were just a part of it. There was definitely an aspect of homophobia to it, but I would say more so just a fear of not conforming to gender roles, standing out in the community, and being a reflection of her failure as a mother. Common refrains from her were: "What are you, a boy? Why do you think you're a boy? Why can't you be a normal girl? No one's likes girls who do that." Etc. With that construction set in particular, I mean that the fuss of getting it tainted the experience of playing with it. She relented in giving it to me, but she made it clear that I was in the wrong for wanting it and that getting it was a waste of money. I don't really remember her commenting on me playing with it afterwards beyond a few "I can't believe you still like that" comments.
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Thread Which Ghibli movie has made you cry the most
Pretty sure I've cried during the majority of Studio Ghibli movies at some point. I've only seen Grave of the Fireflies three times, which is much less than my view count for the other movies. This is all on point. Princess Kaguya destroys me by the end.Castle in the Sky also affects me. I remember the first time I watched it, it didn't make much of an impression. So I was very surprised that on my second viewing I cried in some of the scenes with the robots in the floating city.
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Thread Any guys wear make up here on nights out?
You want a concealer. Try going to a make up store to find one that matches your skin tone. (Obviously, when it's safe to do so in your area.) If you have a darker skin tone, it might be a bit harder to find a good match as unfortunately a lot of makeup brands (at least in the United States) can be shitty about their offerings for darker tones. If you want an opinion on the specific brand or product, there are usually make up artists and assistants who can guide you. Mascara is specifically to make eyelashes look darker, thicker, and/or longer.
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Thread Re-reading The Dresden Files and man is it gross
I need to have this post on instant quote because this is how I feel when dudes ask me to ignore sexist shit in media. Like it's great that some men can ignore that shit because it's not about them, I guess. But there's way too many good literally works out there that have great stories without this shit to have to put up with it. So I'm okay with writing off a series because of it or thinking of it as less than excellent. My definition of excellent generally includes "treats my gender as people" as a prerequisite. Particularly from more modern stuff.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
Oh, and some interesting breakdowns for the survey. Out of those who have heard of it, a a minority but non-insignificant portion of Latino Americans think it be used to identify the population and not just an individual, but most prefer other terms. The way the original statistic was reported made it sound like using it and thinking it should be used were mutually exclusive categories. At least that's how I originally read it, so I was a bit surprised to see this breakdown.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
And if those white people originally adopted the term after seeing some Latino people using it? The issue then isn't that white people created a term to fix an element they thought was backwards in another culture, but rather that white people adopted and pushed the term on all Latinos based on use by a minority of the group. If we don't want this to happen again, it's probably constructive to point this out so that white people don''t adopt stuff based on interactions with a small minority. That they need to consider and interact with all parts of the community. And it's also worth pointing out to to make minority communities like Latinos in academia more aware of their power. When they popularize terms like this, because of their relative proximity to power, they need to recognize and account for the harm of adopting terms that are unintentionally but ultimately noninclusive.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
So where would you consider even to be acceptable? For example, if I identify as a non-binary Colombian and want to say the equivalent of "soy Colombiana" in a way that references my (non-binary) gender, what should I use?
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
I get you, and those aspects of Latino and Hispanic are definitely there. For me it's really context dependent. So I appreciate a more inclusive term as a means of solidarity that might not exist if I stuck to just my nationality.I guess I'm not explaining myself well enough. Where did I say that it wasn't a problem or where did you get the impression that I'm using academia as a shield? I'm saying the exact opposite, that it is a problem, and that we need to address it. In the very post you quoted as I said that white people need to learn to not adopt terms like this based on the use of a minority in academia. But saying it's only white people using the word ignores part of where the problem comes from... I think it's rather obvious why Latinos in academia have wielded more power over language than Latino folks outside of academia. White academics saw their Latino colleagues adopting the term and start copying them without thinking or realizing that they are following the lead of a minority. (Because let's be honest, these white academics probably don't really interact with any Latinos outside of that circle.) And it snowballed from there. Once again, I'm not saying it's right. I'm trying to lay out the process so that we can stop it from happening again and also work to fix it.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
I've been with you since I can remember. On my first trip back to Colombia after immigrating, I yelled "We arrived in America!" when the plane landed in Colombia. My parents laughed at me to tell me that America (in English) referred to only the United States. :(
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
Yes, I'm sure that happens as well. I think it needs to be a continuing conversation in our communities so that we adopt solutions that let everyone feel included. Because I don't think going back to just using Latino is a solution for everyone. And we need to be explicit about those solutions with the non-Latino people who copy such adjacent communities.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
For starters, I'm not asking any community to accept the term. I've already said in a previous post what I think the better solution is, which is using the word Latine. My post was in direct comment to a poster saying that the conversation was over by someone just saying " Stop trying to push that word down our throats." The poster themselves was not clear about what pushing the word down their throats meant. They could have just meant it in the way you're taking it, or they could have meant it as both a group and individual descriptor. I think the conversation benefits from that difference being explicit (and it has been made so by many other posters in the thread which I appreciate). Why does the conversation have be over without making an explicit mention about how the ways that non-binary people decide to self-identify is valid and won't bring on similar frustration or anger? I understand why some people are calling it a white term, and I understand why it's offputting. I'm not trying to discount that by recognizing Latinos who do use the term and help popularize it with white people. I'm not "just" saying it's not just white people, end of discussion. I'm saying that we can deal with the issue better by recognizing who actually uses the term and why. And just as you've asked me if I understand how my post can be offputting, I would like to ask if you understand why it's offputing to have people (particularly non-Latino people) erase you or your communities identities by ignoring that they exist and dumping them in with "white people"? Basically, I think there's a way to have this conversation that doesn't discount the perspective of the majority of people from Latin American and Latino communities in the United States, while also not erasing the existence and use of the term by a minority of Latinos in the United States that resulted in white people adopting it, and while also making it explicit that non-binary people should be able to ask us to use whatever terms they are most comfortable with to feel included.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
There are more than two gender identities, and someone in another thread brought up a good point that can be tough or impossible for text-to-speech programs. Which I imagine were the motivations to move towards Latine (in Latin America) and Latinx (in the United States) instead.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
What I use depends on the audience. I've been in Latino communities in the United States that almost exclusively use Latinx, so I have no problem using the term if that's what makes that particular community comfortable. I don't particular appreciate folks taking away that agency and erasing their identities by saying those communities don't exist or are white or not Latino enough. Particularly when it's coming from non-Latino folk... Personally, I think Latine is the best solution in both English and Spanish, but I do think it's ultimately up to non-binary folks to decide what word they want to use for themselves as well as what make them feel included when talking about everyone in one group including non-binary people, women, and men.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
No, it's not. To say so would be to erase non-binary people who use the term Latinx or other gender-neutral terms like Latine. It's possible to have a discussion about when and how to use these words. We can talk about recognizing what individual non-binary people in Latino communities would like to be called when using singular nouns. We can also talk about what terms to use when referencing a mixed-gender group of people.
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Thread Pew Research: Latinx Used by Just 3% of U.S. Hispanics. About One-in-Four Have Heard of It
The word was probably coined (the exact origin is unclear) and is definitely used by Latino communities in academia. What probably happened is that non-Latino folk didn't interact with any Latinos outside of the circles, saw these particular communities using Latinx, and adopted it without considering what other Latino people wanted. That's an issue in itself, but it's slightly different than one where it's exclusively white people forcing Latinos to use the term in these spaces.Yes, it has roots in the US, but in Latino communities in the US. Non-Latino people started copying it after seeing it in such communities. I"m going to guess many, but not all Latinos who use it for their communities also speak Spanish. But you're right that it's purpose is primarily for use in English.You can definitely make the argument that it's academic Orientalism, but it isn't only coming from white academic circles in the US but Latino ones as well.
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Thread Fox Kids and Fox Family's Anime Invasion blocks
Damn, I didn't realize they tried that with Escaflowne. Not surpirsed, but still disappointing. I didn't watch all of "CardCaptors", but it was pretty obvious as a kid that Sakura was the main character even with the edits. Like what was even the point of trying to reframe it?
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Thread Do comics have too many characters?
I can't say there are too many characters because my favorites tend to be the more recently introduced legacy characters. Not a coincidence that those are also the more diverse ones. If they got rid of characters, we know that they would first on the chopping block. Hell, that's what happened with New 52. As far as the Robins go, my issue is that DC refuses to let time really move for the Batfamily or more specifically, for Bruce. I hate that DC insists on keep him so young. Dude's got multiple fully grown children. Let him age. Let his kids take up the mantle. Let him do other stuff outside of Gotham like Batman Incorporated.
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Thread What are your favourite TV Shows and Movies to have playing in the background?
Same. If a show or movie is on, it has my full attention. I guess the exception is when someone else is watching something on their own but in the same room. I don't have any preference in that case and tend to put on headphones while doing my own thing.
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Thread Is sexualization of women in music less objectionable than it is in video games?
Why do you think there is a consensus that all sexualization of women in the music industry is positive or that there is no discussion about the contexts in which it can be harmful or exploitative as well as the contexts in which it can be liberating and sex-positive? Just because women haven't made a thread about it on ResetEra doesn't mean we (and others) don't talk about it... And while the music industry still has a long way to go, it's got some differences from the video game industry. Many of which have already been mentioned in this thread.
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Thread Is wikipedia one of the most underappreciated websites?
Very much this. Trying to get an article up about POC creators and their works is an uphill battle. Meanwhile articles about completely fictional histories and worlds (usually made by white creators) are considered "notable". I imagine it's the same for other areas, but I only have experience with the literature section.
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Thread Do you eat (East) Asian food with a fork or spoon rather than chopsticks?
Depends on what utensils I have access to. At home, we have one set of chopsticks, so for like noodles one person will need to use a fork if we don't have any disposable ones. (We should get another set, but my partner wants a fancy metal one which we haven't seen in stores.) At a restaurant I'll eat with whatever I'm given. The one dish I have a little trouble eating with chopsticks is rice. It's fine if it's a small amount, but I must be doing something wrong because my hand cramps eventually.
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Thread How do you feel about the ongoing "open concept" trend for houses?
Maybe it's just from growing up in Miami, but most houses or apartments I would visit had open kitchens and living rooms. And that was across size and price. I've never actually lived in an apartment or house where the kitchen was in a separate room from the living room. The house I grew up in had a wall separating the kitchen from the dining area, but there was no door, and the wall didn't go all the way to the ceiling. Also, I'm here in the thread for the pictures.
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Thread Y'all too quick to forgive Severus Snape
No argument here. I really enjoyed the book because it seemed like the first time you got a sense of history and people living their lives before Harry's time. Not that it really matters as all that stuff ended up being pretty boring. And granted, I haven't read it since I was twelve. Oh, the John Williams soundtrack is pretty good. Unless that counts as part of Prisoner of Azkaban.
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Thread Y'all too quick to forgive Severus Snape
I never quite understood why Harry Potter got the level of fandom it did. Or rather why, in my experience, so much of the fandom didn't move beyond it or interact with other material with the same enthusiasm. I can't help but feel bitter that seemingly only a few folks moved on to say something like Earthsea. Imagine if the world was as obsessed with Le Guin's work and had her stories as part of their formative experiences. I don't even mean as an alternative to Harry Potter as it's not an either or situation. But for me, the best thing about reading Harry Potter was that it exposed me to better books. So this is all really just me being selfish and wanting more people to enjoy other works with.
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Thread i don't feel like most people get "polls" and "studies"
Agreed 100%.Eh, if anything introductory statistic courses focus on p-values too much (or rather, with the wrong emphasis) to the point that it results in researchers applying it blindly despite the data not meeting the necessary assumptions. Although this might differ across disciplines. It's definitely a problem in the social sciences...
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Thread Does fiction make you cry?
What a coincidence, I've been reading a light novel series whose last books finally got compiled and translated into English and released a few days ago. I'm almost done, and I've basically been crying every 50 pages or so. The series is called The Beast Player, and the first half had an anime adaptation called Kemon no Souja Erin back in 2009. Probably for the best that they didn't adapt the second half. (I"m kidding, someone please bring it back so I can cry more.)
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Thread It blows my mind that after 30 years and 10 live-action Batman movies, "Batman & Robin" is still the most true to the heart of the character
Very much this. People forget that Dick was an incredibly angry kid because he naturally has a very bright and bubbly personality, but the reason we get to see that personality shine through is because he was able to find family with Bruce and Alfred and purpose in the role of Robin.
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Thread It blows my mind that after 30 years and 10 live-action Batman movies, "Batman & Robin" is still the most true to the heart of the character
Considering this only happens in stories that a particular creator touches because he gets off on it, I wouldn't say it's a defining or even common trait. There are a far larger number of stories where Bruce and Babs have a completely non-romantic, father/daughter relationship. Obviously not as strong as Bab's relationship with Jim Gordon (who people also forgot is her adoptive, not biological dad), but it's still there.
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Thread Does anyone have someone in their life who just becomes a horrible, miserable person whenever anything negative happens to them?
My father is (was?) like this. It hasn't happened since I was young, but the way I dealt with it was to literally ignore him and not speak to him for months at a time. The longest of lasted almost a year. Probably not the most adult way to deal with it. We have had a much healthier relationship after I moved out. Either one of you moving out might not be an option. But if it is, I would say that just because you love someone or think they are a good person does not mean you will automatically have a healthy living arrangement with them. It's okay to still love them and want to live separately. If that's not a possible or desired solution, I would reiterate what other posters are saying about encouraging them to get therapy or opening an avenue of communication where you can tell them how much their behavior affects you. But do this in moments when they aren't feeling like this. Instead, try to have those conversations when they are at their "best" and willing to listen.
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Thread DC's Showcase, Batman: Death in the Family Trailer (Interactive/Choose Your Own Adventure)
Wasn't that originally Jason's outfit from another universe in Countdown to 52, and Tim took it when he stopped being Robin? Or something like that. Agree that someone high up hates Tim. He hasn't made any of the animated movies. :(
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Thread DC's Showcase, Batman: Death in the Family Trailer (Interactive/Choose Your Own Adventure)
And not even a Batman that involves the majority of the children. >:( When can I see Bruce, Dick, Tim, Babs, Cass, and Steph on screen all at the same time like during the 2000's?
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Thread WSJ: Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn’t So Great After All
The company I'm interning for doesn't seem to have this worked out. At least for interns. I don't know if that's just how they've dealt with interns before, or if the remote aspect makes it even easier for them to ignore or forget about us. It sucks to think that I'm missing out on crucial experiences and how that will affect my employment in the future. Instead of learning how to work in my field, I sit at the computer all day waiting for responses from my supervisors. That last time anyone on my team answered any of my emails or communicated with me at all was on Thursday, and I'm supposedly working a 40 hour work week. Between that communication I literally have nothing to do.
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Thread The awkwardness of having offensive friends
Damn, I really feel for the women and minorities in your program. And people wonder why we might not want to go into such fields. The teacher being so flippant about it is pretty infuriating in particular.Yeah, basically this. I get that group work makes it hard to go against the grain because it can negatively affect your academic record and potentially your job prospects. But I do think there are ways to model having fun and joking around without making it uncomfortable for others. And to stop laughing at and encouraging behavior you find harmful. If it's something you find personally harmful, it might be easier to bring up as they will have to deal with a real person (that they already respect) in front of them having the issue. If it's something targeted at groups you aren't part of, you can start by not laughing and if you're called out, just start by saying that it's not your type of humor. Once again, try to model that you can have fun and joke around just as much without having to resort to that shit.
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Thread It's Fire Emblem: Three Houses 1st Anniversary! Let's put our differences aside and celebrate this incredible game.
I did really enjoy Shadows of Valentia as well! But I was afraid that it wouldn't really reflect what would be done with a new game since it was a remake.
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Thread It's Fire Emblem: Three Houses 1st Anniversary! Let's put our differences aside and celebrate this incredible game.
If you had told me after Awakening and Fates that I would love this game primarily for its characters, I wouldn't have believed you. But I really do love almost everyone, and that's only having played through Golden Deer and half of Blue Lions.
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Thread Is there anything I can do about FedEx being inconsistent with deliveries to my apartment?
Is it the front office of your particular building or at another building entirely?This is what I had to do, but for a different reason. I've missed countless FedEx packages that were also labelled as delivered, but were nowhere to be found in the apartment lobby. I mostly change the deliveries to go to the nearest Fedex site.
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Thread Is The Hunchback of Notre Dame's Hellfire still the most chilling villain song? (Disney)
It was never brought to Broadway (or the West End, I think), but it hasas been performed at some regional theaters. I have no idea where it will be played next, unfortunately. There are some amateur production recordings on YouTube. I've only seen a couple and can't really recommend any, especially as a first introduction to the material. I think just listening to the recording is a great experience, but as someone who didn't have access to plays for most of my life, that's just how I'm used to consuming new shows.
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Thread Is The Hunchback of Notre Dame's Hellfire still the most chilling villain song? (Disney)
If you enjoy the more serious songs from Hunchback of Notre Dame, I cannot recommend the new musical enough. It adds songs that are just as good as Hellfire. It also replaces the gargoyles with the saint statues who are explicitly part of Quasimodo's psyche and form part of the background choir. Oh and Phoebus actually gets to sing! Some of the other big story changes. Spoilers for the novel. :P The song before intermission which takes place while Frollo is burning down Paris. Really great ensemble piece. In the movie, this is the pop song during the end credits. It was originally supposed to be Esmeralda's second song and the musical gives it back to her as a duet with Pheobus. Really beautiful, in the vein of God Help the Outcasts. Sung by Quasimodo when he's chained to the bell tower, before Esmeralda is burned at the stake. Takes from the original score and adds parts to the cast instead of just the choir. Sanctuary! is probably my favorite piece of music in a Disney movie, and the musical version does not disappoint. Those are the main highlights, but there are other great songs as well.They've already talked about adapting it, and unfortunately they explictly said they would not be using new music from the more recent musical. It's such a shame because the completely songs are just so good and the story changes are much more true to the story and tone of the novel.
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Thread Why do people like Rising of the shield hero but hate Sword Art Online?
I've been wanting to check out of Magic Knight Rayearth... thanks for the reminder!It really is great. I wish they would continue adapting the books. I've actually been putting off finishing the show... we're on the last arc and don't want it to end. Would also be great if they translated and released the later books in English. I think the most recent one in Japan came out last year.
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Thread Why do people like Rising of the shield hero but hate Sword Art Online?
Is this the part where I plug in amazing, older isekai that treat women as if they are people and where the world doesn't revolve 100% around an overpowered main character? is your bet if you want one of the best anime soundtracks ever, an interesting world, one of the best villain reveals, and cool mecha designs. is your bet if you want great character progression, a protagonist who is competent but not perfect, and intricate fantasy politics.
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Thread Confirming we truly live in the corniest hell, Hulu begins developing Hilary Clinton alt history series
I was going to say we already had this series and it was called Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, but apparently the president in that one is Chelsea Clinton.
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Thread Nvidia partners with University of Florida "to build fastest artificial intelligence based-supercomputer," make UF "the nation’s first AI university"
Interesting. I didn't know UF was that big in AI. Maybe I just did my best to ignore it after dropping out and running away from Florida. :P
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Thread Cris Tales on PC/X1/PS4/Switch Being Billed as a JRPG Love Letter - Releases 2020, Game Pass day one, Demo Available Now
THIS IS MADE BY A COLOMBIAN STUDIO!? Be still my heart. My partner just finished playing through the demo. I am all in.
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Thread N.Y. Subway, Facing a $16 Billion Deficit, Plans for Deep Cuts (NY Times)
Exactly. What is even the point of living in NYC if there is no public transportation? Almost no way I could afford to live in walking distance of my work place, owning a car is so incredibly expensive, and driving to work everyday sounds like the worst.
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Thread I used to listen to the song “Hero” by Chad Kroeger and that other dude and pretend to swing around like Spider-Man
I also really liked Signal Fire and Move Away from the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack...
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
Are there any professors doing research you like? The professor who wrote my letter of recommendation was someone I "cold emailed" randomly the summer before my last semester. Ended up working with her on a really cool project as an independent study. I get the anxiety thing. It took me a lot to work up the courage. But really the worst they could do is say no or completely ignore you. (The latter which has happened to me with another professor. He emailed me like a year later saying he finally saw the email in his spam...)
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Thread What have your raises been like (if any)?
I forget the exact number, but at my last job in an academic research organization, it was around 3% to 4% per year to account for inflation. Getting a raise tied to a title change and more responsibilities was impossible. Hell, getting the title change was hard enough. Was able to negotiate a small bonus when I left at least. But I think that only happened because they realized another employee and I could file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Lesson learned. Find a new job if they expect you to perform the all the responsibilities of a senior position, but balk at giving you the title and pay.
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Thread ~30-ish ERA, ever thank your lucky stars the internet wasn’t as prevalent?*
I have a lot of nostalgia for this as well. Setting up your own website. Making avatars, banners, and blinkies. I guess the equivalent for kids these days is more on the video editing side?
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Thread Who had the better character arc/send-off? Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, RDJ as Tony Stark or Chris Evans as Steve Rogers?
For the former, it doesn't count if we don't get to see it. That's the best part about Batman! For the latter... are you referring to Barbara? As long as we keep Bruce Timm away, it's not a problem.
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Thread The ending of Under The Red Hood is one of the best superhero movie endings
Love it for exactly the reasons you stated. It's such a shame that most of the movies ignore so many of the kids. I wish we could see Bruce's interactions with Tim and Cass. On the one hand, he's learned from some of his mistakes with Dick and Jason. But on the other hand, the younger kids will almost never see Bruce act the way he did in the flashback. I do think Bruce can end up being content and happy, especially once Jason returns to the family, but I don't think he'll ever lose that added somberness.
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Thread Did You Always Know What You Wanted To Do As a Career?
Not at all. In high school I wanted to be a writer. Then I went to university for statistics and dropped out within a month because of depression. Then I wanted to be a comic book artist and writer. So I went to art school for a year. Then I realized how fucking competitive the field is and how I would probably never make back the money spent on tuition. So I dropped out again. I eventually tranafered to another university to study statistics again with the goal of becoming a statistician. There, I got tapped for a fellowship that helps students from underrepresented groups become professors. Dabled in sociology, and wasn't sure if I wanted to be trained as a quantitative sociologist or a statistician who mostly works with social science data. Did a lot of research to feel it out, but ultimately decided academia wasn't for me. After graduating and working as a data analyst, I decided I wanted to become a data scientist since it combined statistics and computer science. I'm happiest at work when I'm coding or analyzing data. Realized it doesn't need to be social science data for me to enjoy it. So now I'm in a Master's program for data science, and I expect to work in the field for quite some time. Secret goal is to eventually just do consulting while starting an independent video game studio.
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Thread So I've just seen Howl's Moving Castle for the first time..
This is the first time I've ever heard someone say something so negative about the book, let alone Diana Wynne Jones' writing. I can't think of a better children's author. Her prose and writing style is incredibly fun. The opposite of bland. I'm curious as to what writing styles your girlfriend enjoys, but like you said, it is all subjective.She really doesn't. Her work is some of the best children's stories ever written. You can certainly enjoy them as an adult, even as someone reading them for the first time, but here is something truly magical about growing up reading her many novels. Howl's Moving Castle is up there, but she's got some other amazing work as well that's worth checking out.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Did you have a lot of exams involving coding in your program? I just started my internship a couple of weeks ago, so it's still pretty early on. I didn't expect working remotely to be so strange as a new employee, but there are definitely moments where I feel lonely and lost.
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Thread Minorities in America - do you remember the first time you saw someone who looked like you/your race in media?
Being a white Latina meant that I got to see people who looked like me in both American and Colombian media all the time. The first time I remember seeing an explicitly Latina character in American media was in The Proud Family.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
I think having a short "cheat sheet" document is a great idea! I'm someone who still has trouble adjusting to the way Pandas and Seaborn treat groups and cross tabs. After three years of SAS my brain just defaults to that now, especially if I've had any sort of break from programming in Python. I'd suggest having examples for the most common graphs or transformations you'd do, and maybe a few that are not as common but that you know always give you a hard time. Totally agreed on the timed assignments hate. It doesn't even matter what kind. I've always hated writing timed essays in school, despite being a very strong writer. Good luck!
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Thread Colombian cartels are killing civilians who don't obey Covid lockdowns.
The article itself briefly mentions this and links to . The BBC also has an article about it: .But it doesn't make the connection that paramilitares often work in conjunction with the government such as local police and military.
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Thread Why women criticise sexualised character designs |OT2| I have no pants and I must scream (READ OP)
I'm so sorry. As a Digimon fan, I enjoyed Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Digimon World: Next Order, but I definitely had to stomach some shitty female representation. :(
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Thread Help me remember, is there any significance to officially using lowercase for your first/last name?
I've always seen personal explanations rather than a single overarching meaning. She's a technology and media researcher at Microsoft. Also inspired by bell hooks.
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Thread Fanbyte: Portrayals of Latinx Characters in 2020 Video Games Already Have Me Tired [See Staff Post]
I helped draft the staff post, and our point is that it is a commonly term used by Latino communities in the United States. That's not to say that is universally used by everyone of Latin American ancestry or origin will have have heard of used it. I was born in Colombia and raised in the United States. For reference, pretty much every single Latino friend I have uses the word Latinx. In my experience, it has very popular use in United States based Latino academic, tech, and art spaces. It's not surprising to me that the author the article uses it considering that video games are very much in the intersection of tech and art. I myself use different words depending on the group I'm in.
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Thread US immigration courts back in business despite coronavirus
Of course the US government doesn't give a fuck. It's a win-win situation for them: either immigrants get sick and die or cases are thrown out, horribly delayed, etc. because people don't want to risk infection.
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Thread I'm a school teacher. Should I buy or do anything to get ready for this...erm, "year"?
Probably best to wait until you know for sure what's going to be happening in your district in the fall, but these were the first things I thought of as someone who's not a teacher. :P
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Thread When an interviewer asks your salary expectations...
Workshops have echoed what other people have said. The particular strategy I was given was to offer a range. Research the average salary for your position and experience. Use that as the minimum. Go about 10 to 20% higher than that as your maximum. If you have to give a single figure on an application, use the average of your min and max. Also, be sure to know the laws about employees asking about your previous salary. It's illegal in certain places. Good luck!
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Thread Florida smashes record for highest day one cases for any state with over 15,000 new cases
I am so upset about how most of my family members in Florida have acted in regards to this. Absolutely no compassion or consideration for others, including those they live with.
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
Applications will ask for your full academic history, but it's the most recent history that counts. Some applications also give you extra space to discuss issues such as this. I dropped out of college twice before finally finishing with close to a 4.0 GPA. I only gave an explanation on applications that gave extra room for it since the personal statement is so limited in space. It's hard to know how much the extra explanation actually affected my admission since I got into programs where I talked about it as well as ones were I didn't. These were all top programs in my field with acceptance rates in the single digits. Which is all to say, you can definitely do this!
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Thread Which roguelike/roguelite games have you beaten, and which ones have you bailed on?
I always thought I'd dislike the genre and be bad at it. But I actually really enjoy rougelites. Like very easy ones. I've beaten and . I even wrote a guide for the latter! But the first rougelike I played was. I think I got far, but never actually completed a run. I don't really remember. Still working on with my partner.
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Thread Matt Reeves' "The Batman" TV Spin-off Series Announced (HBO Max)
Having Renee Montoya, who is Afro-Latina, and her partner Crispus Allen, who is African American, as the main characters would be ideal. From what I remember, the original Gotham Central doesn't go too much into the racism inherent in the United States police force, but the building blocks are there. Without giving it too much away, the narrative from the comic can work very well as the story of two black cops who become disillusioned with the police force and realize they cannot change the system within. Would also love Josephine MacDonald as part of the main cast. They don't show enough non-superheroes using super powers in everyday jobs.
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Thread Matt Reeves' "The Batman" TV Spin-off Series Announced (HBO Max)
I'd love for Kate to be in it! Even just as a guest character as Renee's (and then later Maggie's) girlfriend. Speaking of Maggie, it reminds me of one of my favorite scenes in Gotham Central highlighting intersectionality where Renee confronts Maggie about her white privilege.Glad to be of help! It's pretty easy, all things considered since the rest of the costume is stuff you can buy anywhere. Even if people don't know who you are, it works as a great, creepy Halloween costume.
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
How long is your program? I hope you manage to have at least one semester in-person. It really does suck to spend so much time applying to and picking a particular program only to have some of the reasons for doing so disappear.
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Thread Matt Reeves' "The Batman" TV Spin-off Series Announced (HBO Max)
Mine was with cheesecloth as well. Two layers, both dyed. The bottom layer I cut out holes for the eyes which really helped visibility while the outer layer still completely obscured my eyes from the outside. It's a little annoying to wear, but I could still see everything. The biggest issue was being able to see text from far away, but I was also wearing an old contacts prescription. :P I'm sure more experienced costume designers can come up with even better solutions.
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
The verbal score is at the 85th percentile. The quantitative score is at the 36th percentile. So verbal is kind of high while quantitative is actually lower than the median score. I don't think you have anything to worry about in regards to the quantitative score. You might still need to study a little bit just to refresh your memory, but it's completely doable.
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Thread Applying for graduate school is exhausting and soul-crushing
Just went through the process last year. Now I'm at a university I never expected I could get in.I was working at an organization that would not consider giving me a raise unless I got a Master's or a PhD. And I had a lot of gaps in my knowledge for the the field I wanted to work in: data science. Despite having a very strong statistics background, my computer science skills were not super great. I only had a minimal exposure to machine learning. I also went to a not so great undergraduate school with very little resources, and I wanted the experience of going to a top school. And I'm a double minority in the field. I didn't expect people to take me seriously as a woman and ethnic minority unless I had paper to back up my skills.Why do you only have one school in mind? Is the program that niche? Is it because of location?I know people who got very, very good funding because of their GRE scores. If this is something you really want to do, I would suggest putting the effort into the GRE. The good thing about the GRE is that the math is nothing beyond high school level, but it is a little bit of bullshit. What are the scores you need to hit? If you're going for a social science program, you don't need great scores. Also, I imagine most social science programs will require at least some sort of quantitative course, so you'll have to study for something math related eventually.
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Thread What Do You Do When You Have Nobody To Talk Too About Life Situations
This might sound flippant, but it's meant sincerely. Posting on forums is one of the ways I dealt with this when I was younger and more alone. Even if no one responds, I found it helpful just typing out my thoughts. But the end goal should be to find a group of people who can form your support system. It's not healthy to just have one person you can talk to. For starters, as you've learned, if that person is no longer part of your life, you are left alone. Another reason is to make sure you are not expecting just one person to provide you with all the emotional support you need. It sounds like you are willing to reach out to multiple family members so the latter point might not be an issue. I'm sorry that they are not receptive or able to provide you with support. I'll echo other posters and suggest making friends. It's hard to do at the best of times, and probably incredibly difficult during a pandemic depending on where you are, but it's worth putting the effort into.
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Thread Supreme Court says eastern Oklahoma remains Native American territory
I'm a bit confused by the terminology of "the state." Does it mean that the state of Oklahoma is not involved in judicial matters or that both the federal and state government are not involved?
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Thread My GF is unhappy with her job, but won't take active steps to change her situation and gets upset with me when I try to help. What to do?
Not a guy, but I'm the same. When it's a daily thing and you see how much it affects them, it's hard to not want to help them solve it. I just try to balance being an active listener, validating their frustrations, and keeping an optimistic attitude about solutions where possible.
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Thread Trump Campaign begins their Latin outreach by attacking the Marxist propaganda machine.....Univision.
"Marxist" is probably one of the last words I'd ever use to describe Univision. To be fair, I haven't watched since I moved out of my parents' home Maybe they went through quite the change this past decade.
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Thread Donald Trump paid someone to take the SAT on his behalf, according to new book by Mary Trump.
Depends. I don't remember numbers, but many athletes recruited by these schools are for the types of sports you need money to pursue. In many cases, it's just another way to get in rich white students. Found the article:
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Thread How bad was your "It's not a phase mom! This is who I am!"
My "phase" was not being girly enough. My mom would yell at me for things like not wearing earrings. Still don't wear them since I'm mostly allergic and they are physically uncomfortable. I never had a goth or emo phase. It just seemed like a lot of work as far as buying clothes and accessories and putting on make-up. My mom made getting (and keeping) clothes that I picked out incredibly stressful, so it was easier to just not bother pushing those limits. And I've always been too lazy to do make-up regularly.
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Thread So, uh, July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Thank you so much for the thread and for the kind shout out. I looked through your link about Latinx and this stood out as it's something my mom said to me literally two days ago:My family has had so many issues related to mental health and trauma, and those things just keep compounding. These past two weeks, it's all reached a boiling point. I've been trying so hard to encourage everyone get help and to get help myself. And in doing that, one of my mom's reactions was to tell me this fucking saying. I told her that I didn't agree with it at all. That it has been a way to cover up abuse and harm. That this way of thinking hasn't helped us or anyone: it's only caused more harm. She said she saw my point, and I hope she took it to heart. As someone who struggled with depression for a large part of my life but who is mostly functioning well at this point, I can only hope that my journey serves as a model to my family for what's possible. It's hard when so much of my family is in another country and they don't intimately know what I've been through. But I try to be as candid about my struggles and my medication as possible to help combat this taboo, especially with my younger cousins. I also need to remember that I can only try my best and there's only so much I can do. I get so frustrated with the cultural mentality that family is everything, and yet I still feel responsible for everyone.
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Thread What do you do to deal with defeatism?
I deal with defeatism by recognizing that even though I can't save the world, I can make at least one person's life better in some way. It's worth staying around for that. Volunteer work and activism are two concrete ways to do that. Think locally. Whatever issues you care about on a global level, those or similar issues are present in your own community. I'd also suggest cutting down your exposure to news and social media, including ResetEra. Do you live with people who will hold you accountable? Can you block websites on your computer and phone for most of the day?
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Thread So what are some alternatives to Card Against Humanity?
A Fake Artist Goes to New York is really fun, but it's not really a card game. You don't even have to buy anything if you don't want to. You can play it with your own paper and markers. You will learn that no one knows how to draw anything or how to correctly identify objects.
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
Thank you so much for the really detailed account. I'm really sorry you had to watch your friends go through that. A lot of things you mention are things I'm worried about happening. I don't know if the set up is exactly the same, but I'm glad to have a better sense of what to watch out for. My mom is very much a adherent to the Hispanic cliche that you do anything and everything for family, no matter what. My dad goes along with it to make my mom happy. But you're probably right that this is beyond my control...Thank you again for the kind post. You're right that this needs to be a family effort. Having her be part of a non-predatory, creative community sounds ideal. I get you. I'm currently in a data science master's program so all my search results for NLP are incredibly irrelevant. :PI hope it doesn't come to that. :(Thank you. It's something I need to hear. My family is such a mess that my sister and I feel like the only people stable enough to really help out so I feel a lot of responsibility. But at the end of the day, these are decisions made not just from my aunt, but my parents as well, and I need to remind myself that I can't do everything. Thank you. My parents are now aware of the situation and we are trying to figure out how to best proceed. I need to print this out and put it above my bed or something. :P But in all sincerity, thank you.
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Thread American Airlines and United to stop Social Distancing and book flights to full capacity during Pandemic starting in July
Based on my sister's experiences earlier this month, they've already been booking to full capacity.
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
Sorry that I'm responding to posts so slowly. I really appreciate everyone's input. I thought the same until today! Never linked the two before now.No worries at all! Funnily enough, the guy she's taking classes with claims to be from Harvard, but I wasn't able to find any proof of affiliation. :PI had to laugh at the ridiculousness of it when I first heard about it too. I know angry crying is a thing. Is angry laughing a thing?
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
I'm really sorry to hear that. I hope she's able to find something else that's fulfilling, or at the very least, not lose so much money that she can't take care of herself. Thank you. Not gonna lie, I'm a little biased against this type of content at the moment given the situation, but I appreciate the advice. I'm glad you've been able to help your loved ones more. Do you feel comfortable elaborating?
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
Thank you for the thoughtful post. Your third paragraph is spot on and is exactly what I want to do. It's just trying to figure out how. Proof about NLP not being scientific won't work because she doesn't really care. She believes in things like crystals, astrology, claims to have seen angels multiple times, etc. She also gets very defensive when we point out things like scams. I think helping her find things related to her hobbies and skills would be the better tactic. She's always been into arts and crafts and does do some stuff on the side, but doesn't really make any money out of it. I've been thinking about helping her set up an Etsy page, but I don't know too much about the field. Because of the "Prince Harry" situation, we also have discouraged her from using social media except with family, but I imagine social media is a big must for people in the craft scene. But I don't know what would help her feel fulfilled. As for other distance learning courses, I think that's a good idea. I need to talk to her about what she would be interested in learning and what her goals are. These are things I never really tried to talking to her about since most of her interests have been around things that... I'm just not into, to say the least. I also only talk to her about twice a year since I've always lived in another country and didn't grow up having a close relationship with her. I feel somewhat guilty in that I've always just tried to talk to her as little as possible. I don't know how to have these conversations organically, but it's something I'm going to have to learn if I want to help her.
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
I don't doubt that it's been helpful for some people, in the same way that self-help practices have followers, but we really don't have the money for her to spend on this stuff. I'll admit that I'm very biased against approaches that aren't research-based or heavily regulated.If only it was so easy. :(According to "Prince Harry", it was for charity.
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Thread My aunt's gotten into some self-help/MLM hybrid: "neuro-linguistic programming" and life coach "certifications".
Yesterday I had a family video conference in which my aunt told us about the new and exciting psychology classes she’s taking: NLP Coaching (PNL in Spanish). This is an aunt who once thought she was talking (and sending money) to Prince Harry on Instagram and married a guy who convinced her he was the reincarnation of Jesus (and took most of her savings). So naturally I was a little suspicious. Turns out NLP is short for which is pretty much what you would expect from the name. The particular variant she got into seems to be pretty much structured like an MLM/pyramid scheme but wrapped up in the language of self-help. My aunt is now working through "certifications" from some random guy in order to become a life coach and try to get other people to take the courses and buy the guy's materials. She's just got her foot in the door, only doing the first (free) course, but other courses range from hundreds to thousands of dollars (USD).This is a problem because my parents support her financially 100% and she takes care of my grandmother. Whatever money she wastes on this is going to be my folks’, and they aren’t really in a position to throw it away. And no, cutting her off financially is not an option my parents are willing to consider. I know she is very happy going through the program. She’s exactly the audience for these types of schemes: no career, (perceived) lack of job opportunities, limited skills, limited education, and low self-worth. We haven’t confronted her about it. I would like to ideally present her with productive, healthy alternatives that aren’t scams, but I know that a lot of the appeal of these types of things is the instant gratification offered. And this is obviously a pattern. She’s incredibly susceptible to these types of things, and I just want to find a way to get her to a place where she doesn’t feel like she needs to seek this type of stuff. More for my parents’ peace of mind than anything else. She's in her fifties: trying to get her to be financially independent is probably impossible at this point. But maybe it's possible to keep her busy and fulfilled in a way that doesn't throw away money and line the pockets of some scam artist. Or maybe I'm overreacting. I don't know what exactly I'm looking for in posting this thread. Maybe just venting because I'm emotionally tired. Maybe advice. Maybe just a space to hear others' stories.
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Thread Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom to retheme Splash Mountain to Princess & The Frog!
I thought this was the previous thread about how they retheme it. Really glad to see that they've decided to do it! Princess and the Frog has some of the best visuals of any Disney movie, and I can't wait to see what Imagineers do with it!
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Thread Diversity in Tech: Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, LinkedIn, and Yahoo - 46% of employees are white, 47% are Asian
This is my experience right now in a graduate program at an engineering school. As far as I'm aware, I'm the only Latina out of about 70 people in our Master's program. There are only two black men: one in each cohort. No black women. No Latinos. At least the PhD program is much more diverse because they actually get funding. It's incredibly isolating. It's also a huge whiplash coming from a very diverse public university. We even had specific career program for women in technology, and it was like 95% women of color, mostly black and Latino. Such a program really needs to exist for black and Latino students in general because it's life changing.Very much this. I didn't work for a tech company, but we had quite a few technical roles. Leadership just had no idea how to hire for them, let alone how to try to hire for diverse candidates with the skills and were just convinced they didn't exist. Despite being considered an entry level worker, as one of the people with the most tech expertise, I was at least able to guide our hiring process in this way. I hope anyone involved in the hiring process reads your post and takes it to heart.
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Thread Do you like the concept of the "Bat-family" from Batman comics?
The comics are always deaging him so it's hard to keep track. I have a spreadsheet with ages based on stuff before new 52 that has Bruce "dying" in his late forties. Batman: Year One puts him as becoming Batman at 26, so I lowered it two years. The other big difference is that Cass should be the same age as Jason, but I prefer her being closer in age to Tim. Dick is taken in by Bruce any time between 8 and 12 years old, depending on what story you're referencing. I generally prefer them becoming his kids when they are younger. The timeline also doesn't work with Tim being there for Flying Grayson's performance. You either have to make Dick older when his parents die or make Tim older when he becomes Robin. The latter of which happens canonically when he's 13, but I bumped it down to 12 and would rather him have seen the Flying Graysons some other way instead of being there in person.
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Thread Do you like the concept of the "Bat-family" from Batman comics?
For folks saying that it's too many characters, they were originally spaced out enough that stories only needed to involve a few of them at a time, or in vastly different roles. You can group them in organic ways that don't feel overwhelming. New 52 and Rebirth really just squished everything together in a way that I don't find very satisfying. Right before New 52, I was hoping for the following: Gotham Team: Dick (Batman), Babs (Oracle), Steph (Batgirl), and Damian (Robin) International Team: Bruce (Batman), Cass (Black Bat), Tim (Red Robin) Jason works well with non-Bat teams, so you could do still do Outlaws. Maybe have Selina be in the International Team, but I'm fine with her being a recurring guest and doing her own thing otherwise. Kate (Batwoman) is also more of her own thing, focusing on more supernatural horror type stuff. Helena B. always seemed more invested in Birds of Prey so that should be her main book. I don't care about Jean-Paul sorry. :(
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Congrats! I hope you enjoy it! Do you have a sense for how much pen and pencil calculations they'll have you do? Or how much of it is coming stuff from the ground up versus using a library like PyTorch or Tensorflow? If it's the former, these are the math concepts I remember using the most: Linear Algebra: Mostly matrix multiplication. Even if you aren't doing the calculation by hand, you need to know how to set up and transpose to get the proper dimensions. Markov Chains: Will be extremely useful once you get to recurrent neural networks. Partial derivatives
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Thread Jared Harris, Lee Pace to Star in Apple's 'Foundation' (Asimov Sci-Fi series)
I feel you. I first read it as a fourteen year-old girl and just could not get past the fact that this "giant" of science fiction could not conceive of a future where women cared about anything besides jewelry. It was one of my first forays into science fiction outside of Le Guin and soured me on the genre.
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Thread Who are Your Favorite Fire Emblem Three Houses Characters and Why?
The character writing in the game is just superb, especially when you consider the size of the cast. I don't think there's anyone I actively dislike or think is poorly written. For example, Lorenz, Sylvain, and Ferdinand are such fuckbois, but I actually enjoy hating on them and would be sad if they weren't in the game. Lorenz and Ferdinand's glow ups are also so, so fucking good and in character. I love it. I've only really beaten Golden Deer with Sylvain, Ingrid, and Petra as recruits. I unironically adore pretty much everyone in Golden Deer: Claude, Marianne, Lysithea, Leonie, Hilda and Ignatz are at the top and hard to rank. (Raphael stands out a little less, but also not really the type of unit I like to use so I'm biased.) Petra is also amazing, and I really like Ingrid. But that's not to say the characters are without major flaws such as Hilda and Ingrid's racism. I'm almost at the timeskip for Blue Lions, but I can already tell that I'll feel the same about those characters once I finish.
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Thread Jared Harris, Lee Pace to Star in Apple's 'Foundation' (Asimov Sci-Fi series)
The only thing that makes me interested in this is that they seem to be changing the gender and race of some key characters. That and Lee Pace. Also, reminder that Isaac Asimov was a .
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Thread What do people think of Harley Quinn being an Anti-Hero
I'm not sure what Shiva is doing nowadays, but otherwise those are the main ones I think of as well. But Shiva has also gone back and forth as an ally. I do wish there were more female Batman villains, particularly ones not so tied to a male character like Harley and Talia and ones that are not also a love interest for Bruce. I just really want new villains across the board.
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Thread What do people think of Harley Quinn being an Anti-Hero
I don't enjoy her as a character, but I don't think making her an anti-hero is impossible or even particularly hard. Characters' backstories get rebooted and changed all the time. I don't think we'd really be losing anything in the change from villain to anti-hero. But I also generally want most Batman villains to be retired or move on in some way.
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Thread Do You View Your Race or Ethnicity as a Core Part of Your Identity?
Yes, it's a core part of my identity, because it's a huge part of how I'm treated in society. As far as race goes, I'm Colombian with mostly Spanish ancestry so I'm essentially white until white people decide I'm not. Which they have done so at different points in my life. But most non-Latinos assume I'm white American or maybe European if they hear me pronounce my name to the point that some think I'm lying when I say where I'm from or that my first language is Spanish. So I live my life knowing that the privilege I have is substantial, even if it's not guaranteed, and I need to do my part to dismantle that privilege as much as I can. It's also hard to disentangle my ethnicity from my status as an immigrant to the United States. I'm not sure how I would feel if I had been able to grow up in Colombia, or in a larger Colombian community in the United States. Despite moving to the United States when I was very little, I've always identified as Colombian and never as American. Part of that is because of weird legal status for most of my life, so how could I consider myself American when the United States government didn't agree? The other part was being isolated and bullied for my ethnicity in school so even if I wanted to identify as something other than Colombian/Latino, I wasn't really able to. And at the end of the day, it was the culture that I came home to. Nowadays, I'm sure I could go through life not letting anyone know that I'm an immigrant or Colombian unless they were tipped off by my last name. And many other Colombians definitely see me as a gringa. But being Colombian was such a big part of my formative years that I can't really think of myself as anything else.
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Thread Laney College professor asked a Vietnamese student to “Anglicize” her name to accommodate him
Incredibly shitty, but I'm glad the asshole made a point to leave a paper trail and evidence.I'm curious. Does your name come from a European language? I used to go mostly by my nickname which is common in Spanish and Catalan, but people aren't aware of it, so despite being white passing I would become suspect once they heard my name. But in general, yes, you're right. I'm sure it would be much, much worse for me as well if I didn't have light skin.
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Thread Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz reveals he lives with a 19-year-old Cuban immigrant whom he calls his son
Really feel bad for this kid. Best case scenario, he's been raised by a shitty racist who just tried to use him as a political trump card.
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Absolutely no worries! :) I did some looking myself, but it seems like they went down fairly quickly. But it worked out anyways as I accepted an internship offer last week. :DI'm interested in what folks respond as I'll be in your shoes soon. Good luck!
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
Unfortunately, my city doesn't seem to have any open. I could potentially move to NYC for the summer, so I'll check that too. What titles are you seeing? Are the positions mostly up on the local government job portal?
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Thread Batman's greatest love interest?
Pretty sure you're right that it's Heart of Hush.Alright, not the thread to get into it. Although I will say, if it were up to me, superhero comics and media would be less violent and gory. I find they're best when they are more fantastical and aimed primarily (but not exclusively) at children and teenagers. Diana should definitely have her endgame love interest be from her own comic and universe, but I haven't read enough of her comics to know which of those is the best. As for the others: Superman is a hard no. Batman is good for a fling. Aquaman... honestly, I have a hard time getting who Arthur is in the comics, so no comment.
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Thread Batman's greatest love interest?
Sure, argue that he's a terrible father, but the facetiousness with which people sometimes talk about abuse of minors by their caretakers just rubs me the wrong way. I don't know if most people even really consider it abuse, since the kids aren't biologically his. Or because one of the kids is now an adult. At the end of the day, the DC comics are a world where children and teenage sidekicks are a thing because publishers wanted to specifically cater to children and teenagers. So in universe, him being a sexual predator who grooms and sexually abuses children is leagues beyond what you mention. Same if we look at the story outside of its own narrative. Hyper competent child sidekicks or child superheroes are as much of a fantasy as an alien who can fly. Grooming and sexual child abuse, on the other hand, is far too real. After all, right now we currently have a thread on the former by people (within the comic book industry) and a thread on the latter about foster fathers. I'm sorry if I'm coming off so strongly.
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Thread Batman's greatest love interest?
I'm surprised she isn't even an option in the poll, but I could never really get behind this relationship. I loved the idea of Bruce having a female body guard. But I generally don't like Bruce paired up with people he trains. I'd rather there not be that power dynamic.
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Thread Comic creators Cameron Stewart and Warren Ellis accused of sexual misconduct, harrassment, and grooming
Absolutely not surprising given the industry and environment. Even the incredibly small interactions I've had with men in the industry have almost always been tainted by this shit. The women are coming forward are incredibly brave. I hope that at the very least, in coming forward, they can ensure that other people don't become victims of these men as well. But I know that's probably a fool's hope. I will not be surprised if they are given a pass for being such great artists. But they really should be blacklisted.
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Thread Why do some people want to play Part 2 of a game without playing Part 1?
If it's a video game, I probably won't really care about experience the story. So if the sequel has better gameplay and I expect to only play one game in the series, sure, I'll jump in at part two or three. If I like it enough, maybe I'll go back.
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Thread What did you see the first time you had sleep paralysis?
Are people actually awake during sleep paralysis? When I first heard about it, it sounded like what I experience, where I dream about the room I'm in and see stuff and feel paralyzed and other symptoms. But I'm actually jerking around (with my eyes closed) according to my partner.
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Thread Would you wear this t-shirt for one month if it meant they announced your dream game tomorrow?
Taking off and putting on a bra with a t-shirt on doesn't sound fun. This sounds like an unfair extra hassle for the bra wearing population! >:(
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Thread Is there a single of piece of media where Damian Wayne is likeable?
He ended up acting as expected when he finally met her before the whole New 52 stuff though. They only got a few pages worth of interactions, unfortunately. One of which I have as a very nice print. :3
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Thread Is there a single of piece of media where Damian Wayne is likeable?
I would find him a lot more likable if DC and some of his writers like Morrison didn't ignore that Bruce has had sons since the very inception of the character. It makes sense for Damian to act like he's the only one, but I don't like when the narrative pushes it as well.Batman jumped the shark in 1940 then. :P
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Thread The LEGO Batman Movie is the second best Batman movie ever and you can't convince me otherwise
It's over the top caricature of Bruce isn't for me, but ultimately the film won me over because it's the only theatrical release that is explicitly about Bruce being a dad.
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Thread The Sims 4 |OT| 20 Years of Simming
Is there a ResetEra Sims 4 discord? I was working on Wayne Manor in the Sims 3, but the SSD completely died, so I figure it's time to move on to the Sims 4. I'm planning on doing a challenge where I work my way through historical American house designs since the seventeenth century. I ordered a lovely architecture guide and everything. Does anyone have any building tutorial recommendations? Have any of you ever set up a Sims blog, tumblr, or video channel? I'm hoping to document my progress at least through a blog, but I'm interested to hear folks' experiences.
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Thread I think my 3rd world home country is doing better than USA lately...
If you're educated enough to land a job that puts you in the upper-middle or upper class, then there's a good chance you can have a nicer life in one of the big cities. But really, anytime I think about maybe moving back to Colombia, I realize that it has so many of the same problems as the United States. At the end of the day, it's a country that was also built on racial genocide, slavery, and caste systems. .
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Thread Data Science Era |OT| Desktop BI, Deep Learning and Everything in Between
My summer internship was cancelled because of COVID-19, and I've had no luck in getting another one. Got to the last round for another one, but because I applied so late the company had already made an offer by the time I turned in my technical assignment. Otherwise, I haven't gotten a single interview from about ten applications. I'm just getting really discouraged. I don't know if my expectations are just not realistic or if I'm just not a good candidate. I got the previous internship after only applying to about five companies, but really only because I met the recruiter at a career fair. I didn't get an interview for the others. I got my previous data analyst job after about the same number of applications, so I'm just not sure what a "good" or realistic interview per application rate is. I don't know at what point I should seriously reconsider my approach. Out of how many applications do you all get an interview? Doesn't help that I'm seeing all of my cohort start their internships. If anyone has any leads or suggestions, I'd really appreciate it.
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Thread New York Times Front Page For Tomorrow (May 24) Contains Names Of 1% Of America's Covid-19 Victims
Including those little blurbs was a smart choice. I don't know if it'll convince anyone who doesn't already take it seriously, but many of these will stick with me.
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Thread Which shipping company is the worst?
UPS doesn't know how to deliver to my current apartment. They will say it's delivered and it never is. Customer support is no help at all. They have never successfully delivered a package to this apartment since I've been here. Every package has been lost. God knows what actually ends up happening to the packages, but I doubt they ever make it into the building. Makes ordering stuff online super stressful.
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Thread Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder have one key trait in common: they almost never miscast and their rapport with their actors is stellar
Unfortunately not. I remember complaining at the time and most people telling me it didn't matter because either those characters were actually white or because he didn't whitewash Lucius Fox. Oh and his one Latina character is an obvious Montoya expy but I guess was changed so people wouldn't be mad about her being a corrupt cop? Don't know if he's ever used a Latina character/actor since then.
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Thread What are your go-to trash talk lines?
I learned pretty young that people generally didn't want to be friends with a girl who trash talks (and wins). So I try to stay as humble and nice as possible when playing against other people. Especially if it's people I don't really know. Nowadays I find myself mostly playing with people who don't play often and need more encouragement so trash talking feels actively mean. My partner is my only friend who is as into games as I am, and even then, we don't really trash talk. Decades of social conditioning was pretty effective. :P
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Thread What's with all the Kataang hate/Zutara support online?
I shipped Katara and Aang from the beginning and personally don't find Katara and Zuko ship compelling. But I agree that we don't see much of Katara's attraction aside from I hope that's something they work on in the live-action adaptation. I don't mind people liking different ships, but in my (limited) experience, people who ship Katara and Zuko have also hated Aang. Meanwhile I'm sitting here loving all these characters, and I wish I could share that enjoyment. ;-; I absolutely adore Aang as a protagonist. Particularly, as someone mentioned in the thread, because he has a lot of "feminine" qualities and the narrative doesn't look down on him for it.
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Thread How many of you don’t take pain killers of any kind
Thank you. It's not fun, but I'm lucky that I can almost function like normal with pain relievers. Cluster migraines sound like they are another level of hell entirely. I know they sometimes go away; I hope that was the case for your friend.
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Thread How many of you don’t take pain killers of any kind
As said, it depends. I haven't been able to figure out what triggers mine unfortunately. I try to eat regularly and hydrate often, but it doesn't seem like the specific diet has much effect. Skipping a meal might increase the chance of getting one, but it might also just be me making up the pattern, considering how many times it happens anyways. Not related to periods. Being out in the sun seems to make it worse, but then again, I also get it if I'm inside all day with almost no sunlight. Just fun times all around! I got an MRI when they first started at around twelve. At least, I think it was an MRI. I vaguely remember the doctor talking about space between gray matter and white matter or something of the sort, but that it was not conclusive and just a current area of study.
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Thread How many of you don’t take pain killers of any kind
I'm really curious if anyone who suffers from migraines doesn't take painkillers.Same. I would not be able to function if I did not take Advil for my migraines. It doesn't even completely take the pain away, but it lets me sleep and stops it from becoming so bad that I'm sitting at the toilet vomiting and feeling like I'm going to die.
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Thread How many of you don’t take pain killers of any kind
Sounds familar. Do you have a room that you can get sufficiently dark during the day? In my current apartment, the pre-installed white out curtains don't do a good job, particularly in the bathroom. When I'm sitting at the toilet or in the shower (it's soothing), all lights are off and now I wear an eye mask.
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Thread These are tough times, are you holding up alright?
My summer internship was cancelled, and I'm losing hope for landing another one so short notice. I'm coming to terms with not having the $10K that would have helped me pay for living expenses for my final semester. It also sucks because it seems like no one else in my cohort had their internship cancelled so I really feel like I'm missing out. Makes me feel like I don't belong in this field (data science), and will have a much harder time landing a job I actually want once I graduate. I know it's not a huge deal compared to what other people have to go through, but it's still really upsetting. I bottle it in because I feel that I have no right to complain.
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Thread Anyone else dealing with hypothyroidism?
Can you say more about this? Does the hypothyroidism show in her bloodwork or is it mostly based on symptoms? I also had thyroid cancer and got the whole thing removed... I've always had a lot of fatigue but my bloodwork comes back good so maybe I'm just lazy.
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Thread IGN proclaims: "10 Anime That Need Games (Or at Least New Ones)"
So much! (Unfortunately I have only read the first two books so far. Shame they are out of print in English or not translated.) My partner and I have two different visions for this: He wants a Romance of the Three Kingdoms style game where you play as one of the kingdoms. I want a hack and slash survival where you play as Youko during the first novel. (Okay, I really want both, but I would love something that captures the utter despair, exhaustion, and paranoia of the first novel.
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Thread IGN proclaims: "10 Anime That Need Games (Or at Least New Ones)"
Probably shouldn't be, but I'm a little surprised that not even one of the ten shows is centered around a main female protagonist. I would love new, localized video games for: The Twelve Kingdoms (Seriously so much you could do with this.) Cardcaptor Sakura Sailor Moon This would NEVER happen, less so than the above, but I would love a Kiki's Delivery Device game that's basically those truck simulator games but with cute magic and a Ghibli world.
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Thread Akiva Goldsman on Scrapped Batman vs. Superman Movie: “It Was the Darkest Thing You’ve Ever Seen”
Okay, in retrospect, Titans turned out far better than it could have. Because this synopsis includes everything I hate. The Joker, creating a female character only to fridge her, , Alfred dying, The Joker.
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Thread Had my first anxiety attack, just need to vent and talk to someone(not suicidal,word vomit)
Seconding the above, even though you have already realized this: don't take medicine that isn't prescribed to you. I know it's hard right now since you can't get your own doctor. :( I have the same anxiety. The only thing that helps is to keep myself so busy and occupied that I don't remember to think about it. Even in writing this response, I'm not letting myself focus on the actual thing, but instead what I do instead. Don't feel stupid for having it triggered by a show. Around the first time I started feeling like this, I watched Inglorious Bastards and started having a panic attack at some point because of all the death in the movie. I also generally don't like darker and grittier media, so I feel you. Nothing wrong with letting yourself consume escapist works. May I recommend Cardcaptor Sakura or Parks and Rec? Just really fun, feel good shows.
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Thread California State University Cancels In Person Classes for Fall 2020 Semester
I will be incredibly surprised if we are allowed back on campus. Really sucks because the experience is nowhere near the same. I agree with the decision and understand that in the grand scheme of things it's not a big deal, but it still makes me upset. Our graduate program already petitioned for this as there is a (cheaper) online program that we are now basically following. They told us to fuck off.
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Thread What was your college experience like?
My first attempt at college was an absolute failure. I was already incredibly depressed and burnt out coming out of high school. Absolutely zero self esteem for anything besides my ability to do school work. So if I didn't perform perfectly, I completely broke down. I dropped out after only a month. Had a full ride and small stipend too. My second attempt at college was going to art school. I wanted to get as far away from academic disciplines as possible. I somehow managed to pull together a good enough portfolio only one year of drawing seriously and got into an art school in NYC. Moving to NYC and going to that school is probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. I ended up transferring out after only one year, but the change in my mental and emotional health in that one year was worth it. Being able to actually go places on my own and be independent (not financially, but just having to take care of myself) was great after growing up in a household where I wasn't allowed to drive or go anywhere without my parents or sister taking me. I was also able to actually make friends and get along with people. I don't know if it's because everyone's a fucking dork in art school or if I just felt more confident, but once I came out of my shell I had a very easy time meeting new people. I met two of the most important people in my life at the school, and another during the same time while I was there. The other thing that happened was that guys were suddenly interested in me, which had never been a thing before. I still have a lot of body image issues, but I can concede that my personality seems to make up for that. I didn't date actively since by the time most of these guys asked me out, I had already gotten into a relationship (which is still going strong eight years later!). Mentally, I learned how to cope with not being perfect at every given task, being okay with just learning for the sake of learning, and being okay with failure. However, despite all the good, I quickly realized that there was no way I would be competitive in such a hard field as illustration. My best friends are at the top of their class, and even they haven't been able to break into the industry. So I transferred to one of the CUNY's to study my original major, Statistics. I'm still a bit of a perfectionist, but I was no longer paralyzed by fear of failure and could actually get through the work. My partner moved in with me at some point and I kept my friends from art school. I was still friendly, but I realized I didn't have the emotional capacity and time to have a larger group of friends. Only club I joined was a comic book club, but I didn't really get along with anyone in it. I almost completely focused on academics. It was a little difficult living with two people who had finished school and were working 9 - 5 because they had so much more free time than I did. Boring academic bragging: I won a prestigious fellowship that paid for my tuition and gave me a sizable stipend. I spent the summers at two world class universities. If I hadn't been a transfer student, I would have graduated as a Salutatorian. So to recap, took three tries to finally finish, but I finished strong. Only one year was really spent focusing on socializing, and even then I didn't really party, just hung out with people and had fun. After that year I focused pretty intensively on academics because I'm a dork.
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Thread So I finally broke and got DCUniverse for the Harley cartoon, what's some required reading?
Gotham Central is probably the most consistent, finished "Batman" run. I really like No Man's Land, but it's not really a business as usual book. And I'm not 100% fond of Bruce's characterization in it. But it mostly focuses on other characters, and it introduces one of my favorites, Cassandra Cain.
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Thread Has anyone ever experienced life threatening or dangerous events when traveling? (Chased by a serial killer in Italy)
Hotel room in Rome was broken into with what seemed to be a crowbar, but nothing was taken. Considering that there were valuables in plain view, and that everyone staying in the room was a young woman, we feared it was a sex trafficking thing. Hotel gave zero fucks and wouldn't even call the police.
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Thread Nearly Half of Men Say They Do Most of the Home Schooling. 3 Percent of Women Agree.
Says in the article (and also what I've seen in other reports) that methods such as time diaries back up the conclusion that men generally overestimate the work they do while women actually do more of the work. I think this beyond just people equally overestimating themselves.
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Thread What are some bad experiences you've had with professors during college?
Luckily the teacher didn't have any way to contact my dad. But he found out through my sister and was upset. Not angry at me or anything, just sad. I felt really bad since he trusted me to tell his story well. :(
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Thread What are some bad experiences you've had with professors during college?
Creative writing adjunct (refuse to call her a professor) called my dad a psychopath and accused him of lying about being kidnapped. She ultimately landed on the stance that if a communist guerrilla group did it, he and the family deserved it. After she found out about this, she would penalize me for not writing about my family. I ended up going to the head of the department. The teacher pretended it was all a miscommunication, but at least I was allowed to turn in fiction pieces for the rest of the class.
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Thread The Catwoman from the 2004 film is better than Christopher Nolan's Catwoman
Considering how badly done Nolan's female characters were at the time, Hathaway's Selina Kyle could have been a lot worse. My expectations were so low that making her slightly forgettable was a more desirable outcome. But Nolan could have really should have pushed the class differences, childhood trauma, and ideologies of the three main costumed characters. Bruce, Selina, and Bane are all incredibly intelligent and talented people. One of the three just happened to be born with enough wealth to not have to worry about his survival. The other two weren't as lucky. The other film adaptations of Catwoman aren't even an attempt at the same character, so it's hard to compare. But I agree that both actresses could have done a great job playing a character that was more true to the comic interpretation.
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Thread Children of the 90s/2000s, did you read "Goosebumps"? Have a favorite? Read any other children's horror books?
Didn't read a single one. The closest thing I read were the Full House books. So not close at all. :P Or maybe Everworld, although I read that once I got a bit more into reading.
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Thread What was the hardest college course that you took?
In undergrad, the class I did worst in was Probability Theory, but that's mostly because I focused on studying for another class and so didn't do too well on the final. Ended up with a B+. I took the course again at the graduate level and got an A+ so I felt pretty confident with the material. In grad school, so far my hardest class so far has been a theoretical computer science course on fairness and privacy. I went in having no foundation in theory and had to do stuff like cryptography. Just so much I had never heard about before. My professor was great though, and I ended up with an A in the course. Machine learning was also hard because of the exams, but I guess I understood it well enough for MIT to ask me to TA for it.
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Thread What is your go to dish to make?
I'm the laziest cook so I don't actually have any legit dishes. The biggest compliment I've gotten is that my sister will actually eat the beef or pork that I cook. She's really picky about that stuff. Otherwise, if left to my own devices I'll just stir fry some meat, boil pasta. and bake broccoli with olive oil and call it a day.
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Thread Why are relationships like Sasuke/Sakura or Kylo Ren/Rey etc. so popular among girls?
Depends on the story. But yeah, I see where you're coming from. I can't really think of examples where the male protagonist "reforms" the female character in the same way.
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Thread Why are relationships like Sasuke/Sakura or Kylo Ren/Rey etc. so popular among girls?
Sorry, I meant that it's not in short supply for male-centric media. And you are correct, those are the more popular ships. At least from a writer's perspective. I don't know who male fans like to ship Bruce with. :P
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Thread I have a whole new respect for teachers, this home schooling thing is tough at times.
Working in education research I didn't learn much except that teachers need to be paid much more. So much more. (Ironically, one of the research associates I worked with was super against this because it would result in inflation. Meanwhile they got to take home more than 100k for being on Twitter all day long.) I honestly don't know how teachers do it. I am exhausted from dealing with a classroom after about an hour. And that's considering that I actually enjoy interacting with children and have a really easy time with them.
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Thread Why are relationships like Sasuke/Sakura or Kylo Ren/Rey etc. so popular among girls?
Basically. In the first season, there were only two characters to really ship Katara with (not counting Jet), and Aang is younger and bald, so... Zuko wins by having (slightly) more hair and being older.It's not. That's basically any femme fatale. Hell, it basically defines Batman's two most lasting love interests.
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Thread I just watched The Land Before Time for the first time... and it wasn't that good?
Yeah, it really does. Years ago, I listened to the score for the first time since watching the movie as a small child and just started crying. Same with Once Upon a Forest (which was also James Horner).
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Thread Is the Animal Crossing player one of the strongest character in videogame history ?
Villager just has super strength but not invulnerability. I haven't seen a tarantula move a lighthouse. And I don't think Villager has ever tried to punch a tarantula.
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Thread So I read Dune....and it's kinda bad?
I read Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword, but I've forgotten most of what happened. I really need to reread them now that the series is done. It's becoming hard to keep remember characters and plots between book releases. I have to limit myself to only a few ongoing series... everything else has to be read in one go. :(
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Thread So I read Dune....and it's kinda bad?
Great read Veelk. I first read Dune when I was 15, and had a very similar reaction. I think the setting is, for lack of a better word, iconic, and if you're interested in the history of science fiction, it's worth a read. But even at that age I wanted something different out of my science fiction. (Blame Le Guin introducing me to the genre.)
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Thread How has Coronavirus Impacted Your Job? |OT| Layoffs/Furloughs, Salary Cuts, and Unemployment Insurance
In a bit of a different predicament since I'm a student. My paid internship for the summer was unfortunately cancelled. Now I'm scrambling to find a new one. It would be my first source of income since last September and would help me get through my final semester of graduate school as my savings won't last much longer... It's really disheartening to have to go through the process again, and this time during finals.
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Thread How are your online classes going for you?
My semesters are usually really tough around this time anyways so it's hard to gauge how much an effect moving online has had. In general I'm doing better (emotionally) than I was last semester since I'm not talking a theoretical computer science course. Ironically, my grades are (slightly) worse, but thankfully we moved to mandatory pass/fail. Some of the courses were already held as online courses for extension schools students, so the infrastructure was there to move everyone online. But it's still hard. I'm much less likely to go to office hours. I no longer just hang out in the library or lobbies doing homework with other students. My anxiety about school hasn't gone down; instead I get extra anxiety about COVID-19. My sleep schedule is fucked. I lost my internship. Everyone else in my social circle has less stuff to do now and wants to spend time socializing with me virtually, but I'm still swamped. Other issues aren't related to the move to online, but they don't help. The hard drive I was using for my data science course straight up died so now I'm stuck using JupyterHub where the kernel seems to die once or twice an hour. Now I'm just ranting... I'm trying to take it one deadline at a time. I just need to survive until Tuesday. Then I'll let myself think about the next deadline.
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Thread Why aren’t there more Western style animated fantasy series for adults?
The difference is that a live-action show doesn't have a "kiddy" image that it needs to convince audiences it's moved away from. Unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to move away from that image is to include gore and (female-focused) nudity and hyper-sexualization.
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Thread Have you accepted that some of your favorite stories will never, ever be completed? (And will probably have fan-fiction endings)
The Twelve Kingdoms is more of a collection of stories than one stand alone narrative, but I would love to get more. So far the stories have only focused on like a third of the kingdoms.
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Thread How much school work is your children doing?
Not my kids. But for example, my partner's sister had to help her daughter in Pre-K film herself telling a joke. Then upload the video; then help her use the online portal to view other kids' videos. She's never had homework before this. It's just not comparable to regular schooling at all for young children.
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Thread How much school work is your children doing?
Yeah, I can see that for older students who can do worksheets. I'm going off of what family with young kids are having to do. Taking pictures, filming short videos, navigating online portals, etc. It sounds utterly impossible without a parent who can devote several hours a day.
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Thread How much school work is your children doing?
I think this thread is about a completely different scenario. So many of these assignments for young children require the use of technology that these kids don't really know. For example, filming a video of themselves doing the work and then uploading it properly to email or a web portal. It's a lot to ask for a five or six year old. It also assumes that they have access to such technology during the day. Maybe the family only has a limited number of computers, and they have to be used for work during the day. So many things that can be making this difficult. And that's without going into the fact that much of the instruction is being pushed upon the parents. Young kids can't exactly read a worksheet or textbook to "self-learn" the same way that older students can.
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Thread Preliminary studies show correlation: Countries that require BCG vaccines seem to have lower death rates from CoVid-19
Hated doing the annual test for TB because of it. Always got a false positive, which meant extra testing and time at the doctor. Eventually they just stopped doing it, thankfully.
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Thread it's good to know that
My advice is to trust people to make these kinds of decisions for themselves. You seem to want to have this person in your life. Let them know what baggage they can expect, definitely, but if they still want to try for something, respect that decision. There is no need to self sabotage, although I 100% understand the inclination.
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Thread Obsidian's Grounded will have an anti-arachnophobia setting
The purpose isn't to take out spiders for those who think they're gross, the purpose is to take out spiders for those who have such a strong phobia that it would keep them from playing the game. A reminder that phobias are not just being scared of something, but have a strict clinical definition involving:
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Thread Marvel Unlimited wants to know-Avengers or X-Men?
I grew up reading X-Men. The Chris Claremont and Grant Morrison books were my introduction to comics. (Weird introduction. I was reading old Chris Claremont paperbacks while reading the current Morrison issues.) So they will always have a place in my heart. I honestly never really branched into The Avengers. They seemed to have less female characters I was interested in.
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Thread How much do you use Mathematics in your life, and to what extent?
Congratulations on going back to it! I think a good learning environment and proper encouragement and support can do wonders with math learning. Generally be comfortable with numbers seems to open up a lot of doors. I wish people had better experiences in math classes in school so that they wouldn't (understandably) close themselves off to learning such things. Personally, I use it pretty much every day as a graduate student since all my classes are computer science or statistics courses. We'll see how much I use it when I get a job.
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Thread LTTP: Android: Netrunner (Card Game)
It really is a great game. I played regularly when it first came out, but got overwhelmed by the speed of the new packs. Didn't help that our local community was a little uncomfortable. My partner also plays and we've kept all of our cards. Just haven't had the time with grad school to go back.
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Thread How depressed has COVID-19 made you?
Staff put together some mental health resources that I hope might be useful. Like many of you, I've been feeling anxious, stressed, and generally drained through all of this. And I count myself lucky. I only really have school as a responsibility, but it's been hard. My internship for the summer was cancelled and there aren't many options for finding a new one. I was really banking on using that to live on for the next semester as my savings are running out... Just a lot of plans thrown out of whack. And that's without worrying about the health of my loved ones.
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Thread COVID-19 Mental Health Resources and Discussion
Today I found out that my summer internship was cancelled. It was such a huge relief to land one, and now I'm back to square one. No one is looking for interns anymore, and if they are, they are probably bombarded by people like me whose internships fell through. I don't know how I'm going to make money during the summer or have relevant experience for when I graduate in December. I know in the grand scheme of things, I've got it good, but I'm still upset. Been sleeping horribly lately. I swing between feeling incredibly anxious about the lives of my love ones, feeling anxious about how this anxiety is affecting my school work (did horribly on a midterm that was postponed like three times), and feeling anxious about what this all means for my partner's and my careers.Thank you! I've added it to the OP. I hope you get to relax, even if just a bit.
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Thread Trump starts his new narrative: He was the holdout against people who wanted him to do nothing about COVID-19 and his actions will have saved millions
Maybe I should be grateful that I will never understand this level of narcissism.
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT2| The Most Metal Of All Threads
Sounds doable but might take a while to set up properly! I need to get back to studying and doing homework so I don't know if today will work for me. Would be able to get back around 7 or 8 pm EST, or even later around 10 pm if that works for people!
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT2| The Most Metal Of All Threads
Yay! Let me know when my services are needed. I'm still looking for mums seeds but I don't mind getting whatever random furniture item you don't want or need! But do you just want the cutting board or do you want to wait for one of those crafting parties weemadarthur is talking about to get the whole counter?
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
Hmm, besides the party poppers that are available each day, I'm not sure what else exists. Her mon in the game will probably give her a birthday cake in the mail. Or maybe another animal. I'll keep a look out for related stuff. One idea is to host the party outside and use custom patterns on the floor to make a nice sign. Is there any particular furniture or clothing she really likes? I'd love to donate some presents! :)
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
To add to what the other poster said, it spawns from March-June (Northern Hemisphere). So folks have quite some time to get it! It's really nice to have it spawn near the Town Plaza because I'm able to get around 10k every time I run my errands.
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
Going to open my town up for shoppers. I'll limit it to four at a time and then close the gate. PM me for the code! If you haven't gotten a Peacock Butterfly, they are spawning very frequently in my town plaza. I imagine it'll go on until 6:00 PM EST. Please don't take any of the flowers, especially the purple rose!
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
I'm having the same issue, but with my shop. Pretty annoying. I'll have to wait another two days to get Nook's Cranny and Able Sisters where I want them. Also meant taking down my Swap Shop for the time being. How can I have guests over with this mess? ;-;
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
Thanks to everyone who stopped by! It was... something, but I hope folks got what they needed! I have some ideas for streamlining buying from the shop. (Mostly just making a small area where I drop a number of the popular items and people can pick up without having to do the chat window.)
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
A Dharma logo would look pretty good at the entrance... I didn't expect so many people to visit! I'm sorry that it might be basically unplayable. I'm not sure what the best way to organize people coming in and out is. I might just have people PM me what they want ordered and just place it all near the entrance.